Bears Better Hope These 6 Players Don't Get the Franchise Tag

The Chicago Bears have plenty of salary cap space to pursue free agents in the offseason. Hopefully, these six players do not get the franchise tag.

Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports
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Chris Jones

The Kansas City Chiefs do not win the Super Bowl without Jones. He will be 30 at the start of next season, but he is one of the most dominant interior defenders in the game.

He held out last year after being tagged before agreeing to a one-year deal. The Chiefs could tag him again, but that is putting $32 million on their cap.

Jones is going to cost between $28-32 million, but a long-term deal is what would help the Chiefs spread out that hit. The Chiefs might choose to let him walk or let the market dictate his price as some of these other young defenders they have will also have to get paid.

Justin Madubuike

Madubuike picked the right time to have a breakout season with 13 sacks. In his first three, the interior defensive lineman had 8.5. Signing him would definitely upgrade the Chicago Bears' interior. That group was already starting to play better towards the end of the season, imagine adding Madubuike.

The Baltimore Ravens have $7 million in cap space, so they will need to clear out some more space to re-sign him. They will probably create room for an interior pass rusher. Hey, the Bears have to hope maybe the franchise tag is not worth just one productive season.

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