Chicago Bears: 3 starters who could be cut in 2021

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Chicago Bears, Bobby Massie
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Offensive Tackle Bobby Massie

The Bears have had plenty of inconsistency up front this year, but just about every single starter who has hit the field has been regularly subpar. That includes Bobby Massie, who is currently out due to injury.

Prior to 2019, Massie had played 16, 15 and 15 games over his first three years in Chicago, dating back to the 2016 season. It was actually pretty impressive to see how Massie improved coming over from the Arizona Cardinals, having been nothing more than a mediocre starter at best. In Chicago, he was able to become a better player and earn the extension he signed back in February of 2019.

Last year, Massie was active in only 10 games because of an ankle injury he suffered in the game against the Giants. This season, he has missed the last two games due to a knee injury. Injuries have never really been a concern for Massie, but maybe his age is catching up to him at 31 now. His body isn’t necessarily holding up as well as it had in the past.

With his poor play in 2020 prior to getting injured, Massie may be in danger of losing his starting job, should the Bears decide to address that spot via the draft or free agency.

If Massie is cut in 2021, the Bears take a hit of $2.6 million. However, if he is designated as a post-June 1st cut, the Bears are only out $1.3 million. If he stays on the roster, the Bears owe him $9.3 million for the 2021 season.