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Chicago Bears could have the 3rd most cap space available in 2016

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The NFL salary cap is an always fluctuating thing, but as of now, the Chicago Bears look to have the 3rd most cap space available according to ESPN.

Here's how they have the top 5 in approximate available cap space.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars - $78 million in cap space
2. Oakland Raiders - $72 million in cap space
3. Chicago Bears - $58 million in cap space
4. San Francisco 49ers- $56 million in cap space
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - $54 million in cap space

ESPN is projecting based off of a $153 million cap for the 2016 season.

These numbers were as of last week, so a cut here or there could have impacted the space available. Also in the weeks to come we'll hear about cap causalities that open up even more room for teams. The Bears have a few cap causality type players that could earn them some more wiggle room in free agency. Offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod, tight end Martellus Bennett, or maybe even kicker Robbie Gould could be axed from the payroll.

Here's what ESPN had to say about Chicago's cap space.

The defensive theme of this piece continues with the Bears, who desperately need playmakers in the middle of the defense. For a long, long time the Bears' defensive huddle was quarterbacked by a dynamic linebacker (be it Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs or both), though an infusion of speed and reliability would be a boost. The team owns the No. 11 pick in the draft, but a free agent who might make sense is Danny Trevathan, currently of the Broncos. He's only 25 and has familiarity with Bears head coach John Fox, Trevathan's head coach for his first three pro seasons.

Denver has a checklist of free agents to take care of this offseason, led by Von Miller, Malik Jackson and potentially Brock Osweiler. Trevathan will be likely hit the open market, and he'd represent a dependable, affordable and useful addition to Chicago's defense.

GM Ryan Pace has said not to expect a big flashy free agent, but with this much room available, he's sure to add a quality piece. Or maybe two, or possibly three.

ESPN also listed the 5 teams with the most money committed to the 2016 cap and those are as follows.

1. Miami Dolphins - $166.9 million committed
2. Buffalo Bills - $166.3 million committed
3. New England Patriots - $159.1 million committed
4. Pittsburgh Steelers - $155.9 million committed
5. New Orleans Saints - $155.2 million committed

Again these figures will be affected by some cuts.

For more on Chicago Bears free agency, be sure to peruse our Free Agency Section.