“When the Chicago Bears restructured Jay Cutler‘s contract to clear cap space, speculation surfaced that it was to enable the Bears to sign All-Pro receiver Brandon Marshall to a long-term extension.
“Instead, Chicago signed free-agent DE Jared Allen to a four-year deal, and Marshall is heading toward the last year of his contract.”
Not so fast my friend. According to Rich Campbell at the Chicago Tribune the Bears still have $7.5 million in cap space after the Allen signing. I don’t know how much you need to sign draft picks but I doubt that it will be anywhere close to that.
Marshall makes it clear in the ESPN article that he has no intension of signing anywhere else. I can’t imagine the team feels any differently and I can’t think of a better use for the remaining cap space.