Jackson was having a renaissance in 2022 before an injury cut short his season. Eddie has one interception this season. He is set to have a $14.05 cap hit in 2024. The Bears would have a $12 million dead cap hit if they cut him before June 1st. They would also save around $5 million in cap space.
The Chicago Bears simply cannot have that type of cap hit for so little turnover production. Jackson is in the same position in Whitehair as he will be 32 and the Bears have cheaper and younger options. Elijah Hicks has played well when given the opportunity.
Poles could also use a draft pick to play next to Jaquan Brisker. He could also bring in a replacement through free agency.
The running back was a healthy scratch to begin the season. Then he became a major part of the offense when Fields went down with an injury.
He pretty much beat the Las Vegas Raiders and Carolina Panthers on his own. Well, he had the help of the offensive line. Foreman was a nice free agent addition by Poles. He is also a running back.
You just do not pay running backs anymore.
Khalil Herbert still will have one year left on his rookie deal. Roschon Johnson will probably get a bigger workload too. Instead, the team will be better served signing another veteran or drafting a running back late in the draft to round its running back trio next season.