The Bears are in the midst of looking for a new general manager and head coach, but what is the roster situation they’ll be inheriting?
I’m glad you asked.
Let’s take a look at who is on the roster, what the salary cap situation is, and what options they have to free up more space.
Current Depth Chart
Let’s start by looking at who the Bears currently have under contract for 2022. This is based on players currently signed as of January 18.
As you can see, there’s a lot of room for flexibility here. The Bears only have 40 players on the roster, and 11 of them are on futures contracts, which have no guaranteed money and thus are essentially camp tryout players. A standard NFL roster carries 53 players, so there will be extensive opportunity for a new coach and general manager to re-work the roster as they see fit, pretty much immediately. We could easily see half (or more) the week 1 roster in 2022 be players who were not with the Bears in 2021.
It stands to reason, then that the Bears have a long list of free agents from their 2021 roster, and that is indeed the case. Here is the full list of unrestricted free agents, grouped by position. Those who started at least five games for the Bears in 2021 are indicated with an asterisk. All free agent information is pulled from Over the Cap.