The Chicago Bears are likely to undergo quite the facelift during the 2023 offseason.

General manager Ryan Poles and head coach Matt Eberflus are expected to shake up the Bears’ current roster in an attempt to become more competitive in Justin Fields’ third season in the NFL.

In order to do that, the Bears are well-positioned with over $115 million in salary cap space to find the perfect fits in free agency. On top of that, Chicago is shopping the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 draft in hopes to stockpile picks.

While there will be plenty of decisions to make on newcomers, there are also a few players from this year’s team that the front office will be forced to make tough decisions on.

One of those players in defensive tackle Justin Jones.

Jones, 26, had a productive season in the middle of Chicago’s defensive line. He totaled 52 tackles and three sacks, playing in all 17 games in the regular season.

However, Jones carries a $7.4 million cap hit into the 2023 season, per Spotrac. The Bears would only be forced to pay $2.5 million if the team decided to part ways with Jones.

Five million dollars in savings is certainly a sizable chunk, especially for a team with more holes than wheel of swiss cheese.

Though Jones did some good things in his lone season as a Bear, expect Poles to part ways with the defensive tackle, aiming to get younger at one of the more affordable positions in football.

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