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Bears tight on cap space as NFL projects salary cap increase as high as $201.2M in 2020

2020 season

By Alyssa Barbieri December 10, 2019 6:27 pm ET

NFL teams are going to have a lot more money to play with this offseason as the 2020 NFL salary cap is projected to be between $196.8 and $201.2 million.

The salary cap is expected to increase by more than $8 million from the current cap of $188.2 million, but it’s still going to be challenging for Bears general manager Ryan Pace heading into a busy offseason.

The Bears have roughly $202 million committed to the salary cap in 2020, according to Over the Cap. Depending on where the NFL and NFLPA agree to set next year’s salary cap, the Bears need to clear between $1.8 and $6.2 million just to get under the projected salary cap.

It won’t be easy for Pace, but he’s managed to get creative in creating cap space. His offseason priorities are locking up some players in-house, including safety Eddie Jackson, receiver Allen Robinson and linebacker Kwiatkoski, who is an unrestricted free agent in 2020.

Among the Bears’ in-house free agents in 2020 are linebacker Danny Trevathan, safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, defensive back/special teams ace Sherrick McManis, defensive tackle Nick Williams, linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis and quarterback Chase Daniel.

Pace could manage extra cap space by releasing players like right guard Kyle Long, cornerback Prince Amukamara and receiver Taylor Gabriel, who combined would give the Bears an extra $20.6 million in cap space, among others.

Chicago has a lot of needs to address this offseason — be it in free agency or the NFL Draft — including tight end, offensive line, edge rusher and backup quarterback.

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I do not envy Pace his job this coming Spring. Kicking the can on contracts gets you here, where you are up against that Cap wall. Converting Salary in years past to bonuses always comes back to bite you in the butt.

Some very hard decisions are coming soon and fans are not gonna like the some of the results.

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I feel a lot less stressed over this than I did a few weeks ago, or even the start of the season. Pace has done a pretty good job of getting the core installed and we are starting to see the depth rise in talent. A perfect example is at ILB. The beginning of the season I was not looking forward to the thought of having to see Trevathan cut. But since then we have seen a lot of the bachups come in and have pretty good success. I still Like Trev, and would love to see him stay, but I am not worried about the position next season without him.

Long, I really hoped he could finally be health enough to get back to or at least close to his PB form. The reality of it is that he will be cut. And the team will be better for it. Another player I have loved for what he has given to the team, but we will be better off without.

TEs, get rid of both Shaheen and Burton, we have cheep replacemnets that will do better.

All over the roster we have young guys that will do pretty good taking over for the more expensive encumbants. Really gives me a little hope that the Bears are still trending up even after the rough season we've seen. I feel that Pace is slowly building a sustainable roster. I can see the Bears being a contender year in and year out.

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Calbrooks wrote:

I feel a lot less stressed over this than I did a few weeks ago, or even the start of the season. Pace has done a pretty good job of getting the core installed and we are starting to see the depth rise in talent. A perfect example is at ILB. The beginning of the season I was not looking forward to the thought of having to see Trevathan cut. But since then we have seen a lot of the bachups come in and have pretty good success. I still Like Trev, and would love to see him stay, but I am not worried about the position next season without him.

Long, I really hoped he could finally be health enough to get back to or at least close to his PB form. The reality of it is that he will be cut. And the team will be better for it. Another player I have loved for what he has given to the team, but we will be better off without.

TEs, get rid of both Shaheen and Burton, we have cheep replacemnets that will do better.

All over the roster we have young guys that will do pretty good taking over for the more expensive encumbants. Really gives me a little hope that the Bears are still trending up even after the rough season we've seen. I feel that Pace is slowly building a sustainable roster. I can see the Bears being a contender year in and year out.

Pace has also done a great job of kicking the can and creating this Cap logjam, is what he has done so well. Re-working deals on the fly to "free" up Cap space only exacerbates the problem later. He must have been working from the premise that the cap would rise again this year too. Those on the inside are privy to these details well in advance. Some day soon this "Bubble" is gonna burst. It will be interesting to see which teams play it right and which teams bury themselves. Better to always be wise about your cap and not spend future money today and not have enough later. Or, have to dismantle a powerhouse team due to poor money management.

I hear what you are saying and it is true, Bears will get a little relief by cutting those named. My worry is, will it be enough? We have key guys coming off their rookie deals that will absolutely need to be paid. Eddie Jackson is going to be getting Paid! With a big P. Some of that great front 7 are gonna need to get paid too. Kwiatkowski has show he is deserving of a new deal. He has also played well enough to be in the drivers seat, so to speak, when negotiations start up. Roy Ro Ha, is due too I think. I think Bilal still has time though.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix needs a deal.

Bears need some help on that O-Line...if they cannot draft good talent, they will have to go out and buy it.

Like I said, I do not envy Pace's decisions this coming spring.

You just wait till next year!

2020 is the year the Bears put it all together!

Go Bears!

 

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Well with the numbers listed in the article, how is there any chance of bringing a veteran QB into camp for competition with Biscuit?

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Corn Cob wrote:

Well with the numbers listed in the article, how is there any chance of bringing a veteran QB into camp for competition with Biscuit?

Depends on who it is....Foles or Fitzpatrick are not gonna get huge paydays again. Niether is Mariota.

You just wait till next year!

2020 is the year the Bears put it all together!

Go Bears!

 

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Calbrooks wrote:

I feel a lot less stressed over this than I did a few weeks ago, or even the start of the season. Pace has done a pretty good job of getting the core installed and we are starting to see the depth rise in talent. A perfect example is at ILB. The beginning of the season I was not looking forward to the thought of having to see Trevathan cut. But since then we have seen a lot of the bachups come in and have pretty good success. I still Like Trev, and would love to see him stay, but I am not worried about the position next season without him.

No neeed to be stressed... The author of the article is an idiot when it comes to capology!

Over the cap shows us slighlty over the cap in 2020 on it's cap breakdown page, but one click to the cap space page and the author would have realised that the cap breakdown doesn't include rollover from 2019. We have $16m+ in rollover at the moment which would give the Bears $13m+ in cap space using a £201.2m cap figure.

Add to that some petty simple and likely cap savings, e.g cutting Kyle Long save $8.1m against the cap Amukamara would be $8m would give us more than enough room. In addition there are contracts that could be renegotiated, primarily Floyd who would cost $13m against the cap because of the cost of the 5th year option, who doesnt really deserve to be a $10m+ per year player, could sign a longer contract to move space.

The Bears won't have a cap problem till they have to make a decision on Mitch.

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_Afrocomb wrote:

 

Calbrooks wrote:

I feel a lot less stressed over this than I did a few weeks ago, or even the start of the season. Pace has done a pretty good job of getting the core installed and we are starting to see the depth rise in talent. A perfect example is at ILB. The beginning of the season I was not looking forward to the thought of having to see Trevathan cut. But since then we have seen a lot of the bachups come in and have pretty good success. I still Like Trev, and would love to see him stay, but I am not worried about the position next season without him.

No neeed to be stressed... The author of the article is an idiot when it comes to capology!

Over the cap shows us slighlty over the cap in 2020 on it's cap breakdown page, but one click to the cap space page and the author would have realised that the cap breakdown doesn't include rollover from 2019. We have $16m+ in rollover at the moment which would give the Bears $13m+ in cap space using a £201.2m cap figure.

Add to that some petty simple and likely cap savings, e.g cutting Kyle Long save $8.1m against the cap Amukamara would be $8m would give us more than enough room. In addition there are contracts that could be renegotiated, primarily Floyd who would cost $13m against the cap because of the cost of the 5th year option, who doesnt really deserve to be a $10m+ per year player, could sign a longer contract to move space.

The Bears won't have a cap problem till they have to make a decision on Mitch.

That's what I was thinking when I read that, thanks for clarifying Afro.  I think the fine point of the discussion is whether to pick up Mitch's 5th year option or not.

No way they should re-sign him to a new contract imo., but the choice is to just play out one more year and make a decision following that, or use the option year to take pressure of the timing on that decision.  There is value there in the option because then they could still look to get some value back by trading him.  Any way you look at it it's a gamble and it's impossible to really evaluate him in Nagy's craptastic system with Nagy's craptastic game planning and play calling.  I honestly don't know what Pace should do.

Both Nagy and Mitch are his guys, if I were Pace I would have more faith in Mitch right now than I do Nagy.  It's a real pickle.

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PapaBear.OR wrote:

 

That's what I was thinking when I read that, thanks for clarifying Afro.  I think the fine point of the discussion is whether to pick up Mitch's 5th year option or not.

No way they should re-sign him to a new contract imo., but the choice is to just play out one more year and make a decision following that, or use the option year to take pressure of the timing on that decision.  There is value there in the option because then they could still look to get some value back by trading him.  Any way you look at it it's a gamble and it's impossible to really evaluate him in Nagy's craptastic system with Nagy's craptastic game planning and play calling.  I honestly don't know what Pace should do.

Both Nagy and Mitch are his guys, if I were Pace I would have more faith in Mitch right now than I do Nagy.  It's a real pickle.

I was all for not picking it up as I was under the impression the fifth year option was fully guaranteed, but it is only guaranteed against injury, and can be voided by releasing before May 3 before the fifth season.

So I'm now for picking up the option and giving him 8 games next season to finally prove himself. If he doesn't then I'm shutting him down completely to avoid injury and voiding the fifth year. It's a risk, but not as big a risk as I first thought.

If he then instead plays well enough to be kept around I'm opening contract negotiation quickly to try and bring down his contract numbers. Even if he has played a few good games to start 2020, he won't have the resume to demand a huge contract. If you can sign him to something reasonable then you sign him... If he & his agent start to 'diva' then you can still void the 5th year and move on!

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_Afrocomb wrote:

 

PapaBear.OR wrote:

 

That's what I was thinking when I read that, thanks for clarifying Afro.  I think the fine point of the discussion is whether to pick up Mitch's 5th year option or not.

No way they should re-sign him to a new contract imo., but the choice is to just play out one more year and make a decision following that, or use the option year to take pressure of the timing on that decision.  There is value there in the option because then they could still look to get some value back by trading him.  Any way you look at it it's a gamble and it's impossible to really evaluate him in Nagy's craptastic system with Nagy's craptastic game planning and play calling.  I honestly don't know what Pace should do.

Both Nagy and Mitch are his guys, if I were Pace I would have more faith in Mitch right now than I do Nagy.  It's a real pickle.

I was all for not picking it up as I was under the impression the fifth year option was fully guaranteed, but it is only guaranteed against injury, and can be voided by releasing before May 3 before the fifth season.

So I'm now for picking up the option and giving him 8 games next season to finally prove himself. If he doesn't then I'm shutting him down completely to avoid injury and voiding the fifth year. It's a risk, but not as big a risk as I first thought.

If he then instead plays well enough to be kept around I'm opening contract negotiation quickly to try and bring down his contract numbers. Even if he has played a few good games to start 2020, he won't have the resume to demand a huge contract. If you can sign him to something reasonable then you sign him... If he & his agent start to 'diva' then you can still void the 5th year and move on!

Yep, that is my understanding as well..... and again, while under contract ( now and through that fifth year) a trade is still an option as well.  Bringing in competition is really the key option year or not, new contract or not.  I have to be honest though, it's Nagy that has me the most frustrated and given his current path I don't honestly think whoever is under center is going to make one hell of a lot of difference.  The way he is going right now he is on path to take both Mitch and Pace down with him and send this team into another long tail spin.

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OTC has the Bears listed at 6.8 mil free space using a base cap of 200 mil. That figure includes (Base Salary Cap) + (Carryover) +/- (Adjustments). The Bears cap situation is 27th worst in the league and will necessitate some big cuts. Fortunately, none of the players involved are great perfromers anyway.  Realistically, I see Pace can free up around 50 mil, and the only guy I would have hesitencey on would be Amukamara . 50 mil should give Pace the ability to add 3 really good players in FA and a couple journeymen. Maybe a couple of current players will be willing to take pay cuts. It's definitely a managable situation. When you look at OTC, you see some horrible Pace decisions. Bobbie Massie is going to count for 8.3 mil against the cap next year and you can't get rid of him because the dead money hit would be 12 mil.

Floyd: 13 mil savings

Long: 8 mil

Gabriel: 4.5 mil-

Cordelle PAtterson: 5.2 mil

Burton: 7.5 mil

Amukamara: 8 mil

 

While there will be additional cuts for non perfromance, those players will need to be replaced, so it almost becomes a wash. Cutting Shaheen for example is a 1 mil cap savings, but he has to be replaced. 

 

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billwade wrote:

OTC has the Bears listed at 6.8 mil free space using a base cap of 200 mil. That figure includes (Base Salary Cap) + (Carryover) +/- (Adjustments). The Bears cap situation is 27th worst in the league and will necessitate some big cuts. Fortunately, none of the players involved are great perfromers anyway.  Realistically, I see Pace can free up around 50 mil, and the only guy I would have hesitencey on would be Amukamara . 50 mil should give Pace the ability to add 3 really good players in FA and a couple journeymen. Maybe a couple of current players will be willing to take pay cuts. It's definitely a managable situation. When you look at OTC, you see some horrible Pace decisions. Bobbie Massie is going to count for 8.3 mil against the cap next year and you can't get rid of him because the dead money hit would be 12 mil.

Floyd: 13 mil savings

Long: 8 mil

Gabriel: 4.5 mil-

Cordelle PAtterson: 5.2 mil

Burton: 7.5 mil

Amukamara: 8 mil

 

While there will be additional cuts for non perfromance, those players will need to be replaced, so it almost becomes a wash. Cutting Shaheen for example is a 1 mil cap savings, but he has to be replaced. 

 

I must be in the minority but I would like to see Patterson back but seems like alot of people see him as good as gone when the season is over

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