This is also from ESPN:
With the new salary cap for the 2013 season now officially set at $123 million, the Bears operated approximately $12 million under the cap before franchising Melton on Friday. The latest move leaves the Bears approximately $3.5 million under the salary cap, which is in the neighborhood of what it would take to sign the 2013 rookie class.
But what about their own free agents such as linebacker Brian Urlacher or guard Lance Louis? What about filling needs in free agency?
The Bears want to bring back Louis, defensive end Israel Idonije, defensive tackle Nate Collins (a restricted free agent), reserve cornerback Kelvin Hayden, offensive tackle Jonathan Scott and linebacker Nick Roach. The Bears have also indicated a desire to bring back Urlacher, provided the price is right.
The current cap situation created by franchising Melton makes none of that possible, let alone potentially bringing in outside free agents.
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Originally Posted by JJ-30
I think it was 'Sox that was saying that there is lots of things behind the scenes that we are not privy to and legions of numbers and projections we shall never see. With this in mind we were still were doing well cap wise from the known. I can't believe with some cuts and restructuring some good things can't be accomplished as in resignings or even a FA or two. And we're not even going the financing route ala Cowboys, Redskins.
Last edited by short faced bear; 03-06-2013 at 07:49 PM.
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JJ is right... as long as we don't hear anything else, time is running out and the guys that would help us will be gone before we even think about signing them.