The Chicago Bears are going to look very different next year, as they have 25 players set to hit free agency and a few more who could become cap casualties.
The Bears made a big dent in their own unrestricted free agents last week when they resigned quarterback Jay Cutler, offensive guard Matt Slauson and cornerback Tim Jennings to new deals, but they have a lot of work to do.
During his press conference last Thursday, general manager Phil Emery guaranteed the Bears defense would be younger. That could mean the end for a few Bears who have been with the team for a long time; some are free agents and some may be released.
This is a crucial offseason for the Bears. While their offense will likely remain mostly the same, their defense will look very different next season.
In the following slides, you'll get a look at some of the Bears players who may or may not be on the team in 2014. I have included both players under contract and unrestricted free agents, the latter of which should be considered to be on the outside looking in for the time being.
The Bears will have a lot of interesting calls this offseason. I'll go through several of them and come to a verdict on whether the player should stay or go. There could be some popular names and faces leaving Chicago in the coming months.