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Bears restructure Cody Whitehair’s contract

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On Wednesday evening, ESPN’s Field Yates reported that the Chicago Bears have restructured the contract of starting center Cody Whitehair.

With a base salary of $5.1 million and a 2020 cap hit of $7.4 million, Over The Cap’s Brad Spielberger is speculating that the most the Bears could free up this year is $3.352 million.

With free agent pickups Robert Quinn and Jimmy Graham, and the recently traded for Nick Foles added to the roster, the Bears will likely rework a couple other contracts to give them more cap flexibility this season.

An Allen Robinson extension is a no-brainer and when we caught up with Brad Spielberger last month for our salary cap round table, he thought Akiem Hicks was a good candidate for a renegotiation.

They are still likely to add a starting level safety and right guard in free agency, so once they make some moves we’ll have the news right here at Windy City Gridiron.

In other Bears’ free agency news, they elected not to tender a contract offer to restricted free agent outside linebacker Isaiah Irving, thus making him a free agent. Over The Cap has both offensive lineman Rashaad Coward (RFA) and tight end J.P Holtz (ERFA) as under contract by the Bears for the 2020 season, but the team’s website does not list either on the roster.