After Allen, how much cap space is left?

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  1. The Benjamin

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    Not counting what is set aside for the draft, what (if any) do the Bears have left to spend?
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    sportac will tell...surely well make a few vet min
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    well considering the team had to use some of Cutlers contract to get this done, I'd say next to nothing.
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    The structure of the deal hasn't been posted yet. It depends on what his 2014 cap hit is but there's all kinds of time left to add more cap space.

    EDIT: Spotrac isn't showing any signing bonus. Just $15.5 mil in guarantees so it may be as much as $7.5 mil this year. If that's the case it would somewhere between $2-$3 mil left. I'll just add that if his $15.5 guaranteed $$$ is paid out in yrs. 1 and 2 then essentially this is a two year deal for $15.5 mil. Beyond that he'll have to earn years 3 and 4 similar to the way Cutler's deal was done or we can release him without a cap hit.
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    From what I've seen only year 1 and 2 are guaranteed, so he must be getting that money then. Either way it's better than what Ware and Peppers signed for.
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    Last report says he gets a guaranteed bonus next March so I'd say the 2014 cap hit is much lower than $7.5 mil.
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    I'd expect that we're now set for the draft to fill the remaining holes in the roster. I'd be surprised if we did any major FA signings at this point. Maybe some vet minimum deals, but nothing major.
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    Agreed, and I'm beginning to think Allen's cap hit for 2014 is a lot closer to that $4 mil he freed up than it's is to $7.5 mil. If so he's still left himself some room to sign a couple more including his own. Mannelly is one unless he decides to retire and Britton is another because he still needs a swing OT.

    Now he's shuffled the deck as far as what he might do with that first round pick. The way he's done things in bunches, like the OL last year, he may still take Donald to add even more to the pass rush and use Allen, Young and Houston in the DE rotation. As good a pass rusher as Allen is he doesn't play the run anywhere near as well as Houston or Young. If we can keep him off the field more it only adds to his effectiveness as a rusher.
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    I'd say either DT or S in the first
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    Or Mosely if he trades the pick. I still like Donald a lot at #14 because we don't know just how much Ratliff can still do, Collins is on another one year deal and still rehabbing and Paea is in his contract year. Although signing Allen give them the option to play Houston inside.
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    I still think the bears should go DT with the 14th pick, can be groomed until some of the older vets are gone and can step right in and take over, then can get a S and CB in the following rds after.

    The D-line is most important, we get that together we can get the BPA at S and CB in the 2nd and 3rd rd..
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    sportac will tell...surely well make a few vet min
    Unfortunately, Bearstuff ur mistaken, Cutler's restructure is in
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    so Cutler's restructured deal took his cap hit this year from $18.5mm to $18.5mm??? I don't think it's in there, but even if it was, we should be done in FA.
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    but it is, previous hit was 22,5
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    That's pretty much the way I view it too Akuma. An elite pass rusher would always trump a CB or a Safety on my team unless you were talking about the elite of the elite and these guys don't rate that high. If Donald was 2" taller and 10lbs heavier he'd be a top ten pick for certain. His size may create enough doubt to drop him down into the teens but if we pass on him he won't last long after that.

    Plus there are S and CBs in rounds two and three who can come in and play in a pinch. CBs can start right away but we already have our starters so we don't want to spend a 1st on a guy to sit on the bench or play STeams. Safety takes a bit to learn, as we're finding out, so again expecting a 1st rounder to start may be a reach. We don't rotate DBs like we do DLinemen so based on that much a DT is still the #1 choice.
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    Doesnt matter the cap will be going up almost 10 million going into next season:3_8_11v[1]:
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    Actually $4 mil since $1 mil of that 5 year amortization still counts in 2014. If they had $10.4 mil BEFORE the restructure that's very good news. I'm thinking Allen's 2014 cap hit isn't much more than that $4 mil. I still haven't seen the numbers that would tell us though. We'll probably know that later today or tomorrow. So yeah, we still have room to upgrade some spots if the right guys come along.
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