9. The Chicago Bears should cut ties with Danny Trevathan
One of the many mistakes made by the past regime, Danny Trevathan was given a contract extension when he already looked like he was on the downward trend. Between his injuries and simply not looking the part anymore, Trevathan should be replaced.
The Bears already have an immediate replacement, at least for the time being, in veteran Alec Ogletree. Last year, Ogletree proved to be much more of a playmaker than Trevathan had been with the Bears. Ogletree’s nose for the football and aggression made him an instant favorite once he signed in training camp.
If the Bears chose to cut Trevathan, they would endure a dead cap hit of $8.9 million. But, that’s only because Ryan Pace executed one of his weird contract shuffles with Trevathan’s deal. Technically, Trevathan is a free agent after the 2022 season, but he’s still going to count against the cap through 2025.
If the Bears cut their losses now, it would set their future up a bit more in terms of financial flexibility. Taking the hit for 2022 would hurt, but not as much as starting Trevathan another year. He’s not the player he once was, and he has to be shown the door.