6 Bears Cap Casualty Cuts to Save Over $25 Million This Offseason

The Chicago Bears have a chance to save a bunch of money this offseason
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5. Justin Fields, QB

Justin Fields is not a cut candidate, so we have to cheat to include him on the list a little bit here. But moving on from Fields via trade will add a ton of cap space for the Bears not only in 2024 but in 2025 as well.

Fields has a cap hit of over $6 million this coming season. Relatively speaking, that's nothing at the quarterback position. The Bears will save over $3 million by trading Fields at some point before the 2024 NFL Draft, and that trade will also put the ball in another team's court to decide whether or not they want to pick up Fields' fifth-year club option.

At this stage, the decision of whether or not you want to pick up Fields' option would be made by the time a trade is struck. It seems extremely unlikely that any other NFL team would want to trade for just one season of Fields. He's obviously a dynamic option when it comes to running the football, but Fields made strides this past season as a passer that we've really not yet seen from him as an NFL quarterback.

Those strides likely bought him two seasons at his next NFL stop beyond Chicago, assuming the Bears decide to go with Caleb Williams at the top of the 2024 NFL Draft as many expect them to do at this point.