Chicago Bears: Potential cap casualties in 2020 offseason

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2. Prince Amukamara

Entering his third year with the Bears, Prince Amukamara has clearly shown that he can be a good second option for any team at the cornerback position. However, while he still has plenty of gas left in the tank, moving on from Amukamara next offseason would save the Bears $9 million dollars.

Amukamara arrived in Chicago in 2017, signing a one-year deal in free agency. After a solid 2017 season, he returned in 2018 after signing a three-year deal worth $27 million dollars. The key thing to note from the contract he signed is that the Bears gave him $18 million dollars in guaranteed money which after 2019 will be fully paid out.

There are two cheap ways the Bears will need to replace Amukamara. First, the 2020 NFL Draft where the Bears are projected to have two second-round picks. The Bears could decide to use one of them on cornerbacks.

Second, the Bears could look at a player like Duke Shelley and realize that Amukamara’s replacement is already on the roster. This would allow for the Bears to get quality play from a guy who’s on a cheap deal for at least the next three years.

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Considering Chuck Pagano is a wizard when it comes to defensive backs, the Bears are clearly confident that if they need to move on from Amukamara, replacing him should be easy as Pagano has proven that he can identify quality talent when needed.