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Starters

DL = Hicks, Goldman, Nichols

OLB = Mack, Floyd

ILB = Smith, Trevathan

CBs = Prince, Fuller, Tolliver (I say Tolliver and Prince battle for outside starter in offseason and loser goes to NCB)

S = Jackson, Bush

OL = Leno, Daniels, Whitehair, Long, Massie

QB = MT

RB = Howard/Cohen

WR = Robinson, Gabriel, Miller

TE = Shaheen/Burton

If a rookie/FA can supplant one of those guys then great, but pretty much everyone else is just depth and rotation.

 

 

 

 

 

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22 minutes ago, soulman said:

RRH and Coward are both ERFA so they'll both be retained cheaply enough.

I'm already assuming we have little or no shot at keeping Amos.  If Pace valued him as highly as I believe Amos and his agent value him I feel he would have extended him before this year.  I think he's a very good and very discipline player but not a huge playmaker who'll be looking for a top five deal that's far more $$$ than Pace will want to spend on him.  Some folks have been tossing around number like $5-$6 mil APY and it's not even close to what he'll be seeking.  Love to keep him but not for the kind of money Jackson is gonna end up getting.

Callahan on the other seems worth more to us despite his injuries and missed games.  He's smart, he's instinctive, he can cover, he has a nose for the ball and he's not a bad PR either.  Pace felt strongly enough about him that he tendered him at $1.9 mil last season so I'm thinking he'll at least make him an offer on a 3-4 year deal quite possibly with some incentives and per game roster bonuses to offset a decent guarantee at signing.  His injury history may actually make him a little easier to bargain with and keep his cost so I'm about 60/40 we can sign him.

Of course Pace may opt to let both test the waters and look to sign one guy like Honey Badger who can play both Slot CB and Safety, work with Bush and McManis as well, and spend a 3rd or 4th round pick on either a Safety or a top Slot CB prospect.  Mathieu should command a deal somewhat in the same range as Callahan is predicted to get and he's a year younger and more versatile.  So maybe 60/40 on this possibility as well.  I don't think we see Tolliver moving into the slot myself but rather as the guy they hope can take Amukamara's place in 2020 when his cap cost hit's $10 mil.

See all those bold OPENs and (ERFA and FA) above.  You can't sign Callahan or Honey Badger and also fill all those OPENs.

14 guys with about 13.5 million.  

 

Edited by dll2000
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41 minutes ago, dll2000 said:

See all those bold OPENs and (ERFA and FA) above.  You can't sign Callahan or Honey Badger and also fill all those OPENs.

14 guys with about 13.5 million.  

 

Gotta get caught up.  What's the basis for the $13.5 mil?  Spotrac has us at $5.9 mil and change, Top 51.

So you've added in releasing who?  Sims and Acho?  That would add roughly $8.7 mil and put us at $14.6 mil.

Beyond that my guess is we may do a little bit of restructuring.  Mack probably makes the most sense since he'll be here for at least another 4-5 years.

Long makes less sense if we want an option to release him in 2020.  I'm 99.9% sure it won't be this year.

Converting $8 mil of Mack's salary to a signing bonus or roster bonuses gets us some breathing room.

What are you thinking?

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The Bears have about 16 million for 10 guys without touching Mack’s money.

I think they can afford 1 multi year deal for 6-8 million.

I do not think they can afford 2.

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