10 Bears Who Won't Return Next Season

2024 may be do-or-die for Matt Eberflus and Ryan Poles. Knowing that, they'll make some tough decisions and opt not to bring some guys back to Chicago.

Dec 31, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) rushes the ball
Dec 31, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) rushes the ball / Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Cody Whitehair

For much of the past decade, the Bears have failed to construct an offensive line that has stayed healthy and consistently protected the quarterback. They've drafted young players and signed seasoned veterans but have still not had the best of luck. In the middle of this unfortunate era, there was only one consistency for the Bears: Cody Whitehair.

The Bears selected Whitehair in the second round of the 2017 draft out of Kansas State. He's played all 8 years in the NFL with the Bears and is entering his age-33 season.

Whitehair started as the Bears' solution at center but has since been playing all over the offensive line. Due to injury and inconsistent play, the Bears have had to take guys out of comfortable positions and make them into something else. The offensive line for the Bears has been like putting square pegs into circle holes.

Whitehair fell victim to this over the years and has not yet found his footing. He's been a plug for the Bears and cannot zone in on one craft. As the Bears are looking for a new quarterback, they'll look for a better solution at the center position and be content with letting Whitehair move on to his next team.