The Chicago Bears should make these moves to help the organization but won’t.
As it stands currently, the Bears only have around 40 million dollars in cap space in 2022. They could make more with some restructures and post-June 1st cuts. The issue is more money gets put into the future with restructuring. And, the post-June 1st cuts will still put them on a budget during the prime time of free agency.
The goal is to maximize Justin Field’s rookie contract window. Give him no excuses to not be successful with the talent they put around him. The sooner they do that, the sooner they know what they have in Fields and maximize the years of a cheap contract.
Right now, it looks like they are running the risk of doing what the Jets did with Sam Darnold. In other words, not giving Fields the requisite talent to know indefinitely if he is the answer. That is a scary place to be.
If all of these moves were to happen, the Bears would add 34 million dollars in cap space in 2022. In addition to the extra draft capital that they would get from the trade. Making the task of filling 32 roster spots possible and actually improving while doing so. Sadly, it seems like they will stand pat at the deadline.
On top of finding partners and figuring out the cap, running it back with this regime meant that they were locked into winning as many games as they possibly could. Not for the betterment of the Bears, but in order to save their jobs.
The only way something can change is if ownership forces their hand, or Ryan Pace has more job security than we think. Both are unlikely, but maybe, just maybe, ownership will wise up and do the right thing for once. We can only hope.