3 surprise cuts the Bears can make this offseason

Matt Eberflus, Ryan Poles, Chicago Bears. (Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports)
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No Matt Nagy probably means the Bears will try to get rid of Nick Foles in 2022

The Bears tried to get rid of Nick Foles last year, but were unsuccessful in their endeavor. While he started games in 2020, Foles was relegated to third string last year behind Justin Fields and Andy Dalton. Though Dalton is a free agent, the Bears may try to go clean slate with their backup to Fields, especially with Luke Getsy coming over from Green Bay to run the offense for Eberflus.

Foles is under contract with the Bears for a whopping $10.67 million. That is fine for a backup, but for a third-stringer, that is a bit much, especially with that amount accounting for 5.07 percent of the Bears’ salary cap. If released, the Bears would save about $3 million. Unfortunately, his dead cap hit of $7.67 million does not change post June 1. The Bears would have to eat those millions.

And that is where this potential cut could be surprising. Do the Bears want to save $3 million to take on a dead cap hit of close to $8 million? This comes down to one thing and one thing only: Does the new coaching staff view Foles as Fields’ undisputed backup for 2022 or do they see somebody else in that role? If it is the former, then Foles will stay, but if not, he will likely be gone.

If Foles is cut, he may find himself back in Jacksonville or Atlanta to work with his former coaches.