Chicago Bears Roster: 5 big mistakes Ryan Pace will regret

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Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace will regret extending Tarik Cohen

Last year, the Bears extended Tarik Cohen. Now, there was nothing necessarily wrong with the extension at that time. However, hindsight is 20/20.

Cohen missed almost all of last season with a torn ACL, and still remains sidelined as he recovers. Pace and Nagy have been coy when it comes to going into any detail regarding Cohen’s rehab, which makes many think he had to have another surgery and still has a ways to go.

This season, Cohen is counting a little over $3 million against the cap. Meanwhile, the Bears’ running back room is deeper than it’s been in a long time.

David Montgomery is a budding star. Damien Williams offers the team some speed as the team’s second back, along with Super Bowl experience. Then, there’s rookie Khalil Herbert who does a lot of little things that Cohen could do, especially when it comes to contributing on special teams.

It might make some fans sad to think about, but the Bears would be just fine without Cohen. There is rarely a reason to pay a running back in today’s NFL, especially one who has such a specific skill set. Cohen is a talented guy, but if the Bears want to feed Montgomery 20 times a game while also getting the other weapons involved, how much room will there actually be for Cohen going forward?

The extension looks like a tough move, now.