The Chicago Bears may very well move on from Prince Amukamara, thus creating a major need for cornerback depth.
If you have followed all of the Chicago Bears offseason talk early on, you’ll know that Ryan Pace has his work cut out for him in terms of working with a limited wallet. If you look at some of the top teams as far as available cap room, the Bears are not one of them. In fact, they’re right around the bottom with just about $5 million to work with before any cuts come into play.
That’s where most fans are assuming Pace goes on a mini cutting spree. He could wind up cutting ties with a few key names in order to save some cash, and those names include outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel and cornerback Prince Amukamara.
Let’s focus specifically on Amukamara, who is set to earn $10 million in the last year of his contract with Chicago.
Back when Amukamara signed in 2018, I was thrilled with the move. He’s always been a “good” NFL cornerback. I don’t think he’s ever been considered an elite talent by any means, but he’s been good — and that was more than enough for this defense.
In a group featuring pass rusher Khalil Mack and defensive end Akiem Hicks, along with a guy like Roquan Smith who can also rush the quarterback, you don’t necessarily need top-end corners. Fortunately, the Bears have one in Kyle Fuller.
The issue with Amukamara is, of course, his salary. But, he’s also slowed down over the years and can get beat on deeper routes occasionally.
Regardless of his production (or lack thereof), the Bears should look at replacement options. Not only that, but maybe they also look at bringing in another corner for depth. If the Bears want to go bargain hunting at the cornerback position, they could opt for one of the following four guys.