Chicago Bears: 3 starters who could be cut in 2021

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Chicago Bears, Akiem Hicks
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Defensive Tackle Akiem Hicks

This is heartbreaking to think about, but fans should definitely start to think about a world without Akiem Hicks in a Bears uniform. The Bears may need to free up some cash next offseason, and looking at Hicks as a cap casualty is pretty realistic.

Hicks missed over half of the season last year due to two separate injuries, and this year he is now injured again. After being as dependable as they come for three straight years in Chicago, Hicks’ body could be signaling the beginning of the end of his prime.

If the Bears decided to cut Hicks in 2021, they would only be out $1.5 million instead of having to pay him $12 million for next season.

There is no denying the Bears defense is much better with a healthy Hicks on the field, but it may be time to start thinking about his heir apparent. I’m not saying this is something that should happen, merely that it could happen.

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One way or another, the Bears will have to free up some money to address other issues within their roster. Hicks is one of a few guys they could choose to make use of in that area.