The Chicago Bears are already entering the 2024 offseason with a lot of salary cap space. They have over $49 million in total cap space according to Spotrac and could do plenty of damage with that kind of flexibility in NFL free agency.
But as the Bears continue to look to shape the roster, general manager Ryan Poles now has to consider multiple new coaches on staff to cater to. The Bears hired Shane Waldron as their new offensive coordinator and former Bills assistant Eric Washington as their defensive coordinator.
Along with new coaching hires typically will come plenty of player personnel moves to follow. Could the Chicago Bears still be looking to dump players for even more salary cap space than they already have?
1. Eddie Jackson, Safety
The Chicago Bears are facing a pretty crucial offseason for veteran safety Eddie Jackson, who has been a really great NFL Draft find for this team since he was drafted back in 2017. But his time with the franchise could be coming to an end.
Jackson is due to count over $18 million on this year's salary cap for the Bears, and they could save $12.56 million by cutting him. Adding that amount of cap space would bring in potentially multiple starters in free agency for the Bears, and they could look to 2024 free agency for help at the safety position. This year's free agency crop at safety is tremendous and Chicago could find a new starter with no issue.
The fact that Jackson has missed a total of 10 games over the last two seasons and hasn't played a full schedule since 2020 also doesn't really work well in his favor. I think the Bears could move on and probably upgrade in free agency pretty easily here.