The Bears are sitting pretty in terms of cap space as they're expected to have $13.3 million available according to ESPN's John Clayton, but teams are always looking to save a buck. The Bears are no exception.
This is a key offseason for the Bears because they want to take a big step forward offensively, without losing anything from their defense. They appear to be set at their offensive skill positions, but their line is in need of a huge overhaul. It wouldn't be surprising to see them with four new starters next season, but they'll need to acquire them efficiently.
While they're sorting out their problems on the offensive line, they can't ignore their defense, where they are left with some big decisions. Defensive end Julius Peppers has a huge cap number and linebacker Brian Urlacher is entering free agency after an injury-riddled season, making it hard to determine his value. Defensive tackle Henry Melton is also a free agent, and as their best young defensive player, keeping him is crucial.
Although they have a new coaching staff, the Bears are hoping the players—outside of the offensive line—remain the same, with a few upgrades. It will be difficult for them to pull this off, but here are five ways they can do so without breaking the bank.