Cody Whitehair Needs to Be off the Books
Offensive lineman Cody Whitehair was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 2016 and has been with the franchise ever since. In fact, he is the longest tenured Bear on the team today. However, all good things must come to an end.
Whitehair did anything he was asked to do. He started as a center, then was needed at left guard. Sometimes he was needed back at center, or right guard, or anywhere. He always plugged in and played as he was asked to. He has been a wonderful teammate and a locker room favorite among his peers. But as the years go on, the less you're able to adapt to certain situations.
Whitehair has been more of a liability than anything lately, especially this season, on an offensive line that is getting younger and developing. He will be 32 when the next season begins. The Bears are better off to move on and develop and add to the young line in place. But if a reunion is warranted and Whitehair wants to stay in Chicago over all other opportunities, he'd have to consider a significant hometown discount and reserve role. But as coaching personnel undergoes its changes, it seems unlikely he will be back.