- Where do the Bears now sit relative to the cap?
- How much money do they have to work with?
- How much can they create with cuts?
- What players of their own do they have to re-sign before looking for improvements elsewhere?
I know the salary cap can be confusing, so I try to break it down step-by-step as much as possible here. If you’re not interested in the specifics, you can just jump to the end for general numbers. All salary data comes courtesy of Spotrac.
The table below shows the Bears’ current cap situation.
Every line is important for the math, but the bottom line, highlighted in yellow, tells you they have roughly $32.1 million to spend after accounting for the likely contracts of their upcoming draft picks.
If you care where that number comes from, I’ll explain below the table. If not, just keep that $32.1 million in mind and jump to the next section.
The gray areas up top are the current cap expenses the Bears have.
- Their 51 players under contract have a combined cap hit of $143.8 million.
- They have $1.2 million in dead cap (money previously paid to cut players that didn’t count under previous caps).
- Their draft picks are estimated to use up $7.6 million of cap space.
This all adds up to $152.6 million. Those numbers are broken down on a player by player basis here.