Chicago Bears: 5 breakout candidates who could be cut too early

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Chicago Bears breakout candidates who could be cut: DL LaCale London

This season, the Bears are pretty well set up front on their defensive line. But, going into 2022, they will need to fill some holes. For starters, Akiem Hicks may very well be gone next year. He is in the last year of his contract and many believe the Bears will allow him to leave.

The team has Eddie Goldman signed through 2023, as well as Bilal Nichols on his rookie deal through 2022. Mario Edwards re-signed on a 3-year deal this offseason as well, but those three are the only ones who could be around for multiple seasons.

Newly-signed Angelo Blackson is on a 2-year deal that could end up being just a 1-year rental if they chose to cut him next year ($1 million dead cap).

Khyiris Tonga is this year’s seventh rounder who will have to prove he belongs.

Then, we come to last year’s undrafted signing LaCale London who is back with the Bears this year. The former Western Illinois standout and hometown kid will be fighting for his place with the Bears this year. More than likely a practice squad candidate, if he doesn’t sign elsewhere, London has an uphill battle to stick on the final roster.

But, next year? He could make his way onto the 53-man squad. However, if the Bears choose to cut him this year, London may not make it back to them. He won’t pay dividends this season, but next year could be much different if they kept him around.