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Chicago Bears 2021 free agency outlook

The Bears head into 2021 free agency coming off an 8-8 season. We break down their free agents, cap space, and more.

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The Chicago Bears, finishing 8-8 at an even .500 on the 2020 season, made the playoffs and were promptly eliminated in the first round, losing 21-9 in their NFC Wild Card game against the Saints. With such an abrupt ending to their 2020 season, they had to immediately turn focus to next year as they’ll have some important and tough decisions to make heading into the offseason. They currently look to be about $10 million over the projected salary cap for 2021, so head coach Matt Nagy and the staff will have to choose their next moves carefully.

Lost revenue due to COVID-19 will impact every team, but with so many free agents the likely drop in the league wide salary cap number could make things difficult. The 2020 number was around $198 million, while the 2021 number could drop to $180.5 million according to Over The Cap, but is subject to change.

Franchise/Transition Tag possibilities

Allen Robinson is the only likely candidate, even though he’s been very outspoken about not wanting the franchise tag ahead of next season. The Bears were unable to come to an agreement with Robinson on a contract extension, but still might tag him anyway despite his opposition to it. He seems to want to stay in Chicago if the opportunity is right, but there’s still a chance he could be suiting up for a different team next year depending on how the situation plays out.

Salary cap

Estimated 2021 cap space: $10 million OVER the cap

2021 transactions

Free agent signings

TBD

Free agent departures

TBD

Trades

TBD

Notable unrestricted free agents

Bears 2021 Free Agents

Pos Player 2020 Team 2021 Team
Pos Player 2020 Team 2021 Team
QB Mitchell Trubisky Bears
WR Allen Robinson Bears
WR Cordarrelle Patterson Bears
WR DeAndre Carter Bears
WR Dwayne Harris Bears
TE Demetrius Harris Bears
RG Germain Ifedi Bears
RG Rashaad Coward* Bears
LT Jason Spriggs Bears
EDGE Barkevious Mingo Bears
DT Mario Edwards Jr. Bears
DT Daniel McCullers Bears
IDL Brent Urban Bears
IDL Roy Robertson-Harris Bears
IDL John Jenkins Bears
CB Artie Burns Bears
S Tashaun Gipson Bears
S DeAndre Houston-Carson Bears
S Deon Bush Bears
S Sherrick McManis Bears
LS Patrick Scales Bears
K Cairo Santos Bears
K Eddy Pineiro* Bears
P Pat O'Donnell Bears

* Denotes Restricted Free Agent (RFA)