Home Sports Chicago Bears Q&A: Who will start at QB in Week 1? Why can’t they reach an extension with Allen Robinson? Will they try to lower the cap hits of Akiem Hicks and Kyle Fuller?

Chicago Bears Q&A: Who will start at QB in Week 1? Why can’t they reach an extension with Allen Robinson? Will they try to lower the cap hits of Akiem Hicks and Kyle Fuller?

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The Bears reworked Fuller’s contract near the end of the 2019 season to create salary-cap space for this past season. That’s consistent with what they have done with most of their highest-paid players over the last couple of years, a list that includes Charles Leno, Cody Whitehair, Eddie Goldman, Khalil Mack and others. I would expect the team to move some numbers around in free safety Eddie Jackson’s contract to create more cap space. The result, of course, is such moves create bigger cap numbers for these players as the deal moves along, and Fuller has reached the final year of his contract. He’s due to earn a $13 million base salary with a total of $500,000 available in per-game roster bonuses and another $500,000 in a workout bonus. The issue is his cap number is $20 million. That’s why I have speculated for some time that Fuller is a prime candidate for an extension. Tacking on two or three years to his contract would lock him in place for a couple more seasons and allow the Bears to significantly lower the cap hit. Of course, an extension (unlike renegotiations in which the numbers are only moved around) requires a negotiation, and Fuller will want to be paid good money in 2022, 2023 and so on. That makes it a two-way street, and he has leverage in this situation because he knows the Bears are motivated to lower his cap hit and cannot afford to cut him. How could the Bears part with Fuller for the sake of creating a boatload of cap space when they don’t have a clear replacement on the roster? That would not make sense. As I have said, the Bears can’t afford to create more question marks. They have to find answers to the questions they currently face.

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