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Here's what the Bears cap space projects after drafting Caleb Williams and Rome Odunze

Here's what the Bears cap space projects after drafting Caleb Williams and Rome Odunze originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Heading into the draft, the Bears owned the league's 11th-most cap space, having roughly $23 million to spend, per Spotrac.

But that number will go down after the Bears sign No. 1 pick Caleb Williams and No. 9 pick Rome Odunze.

Per Spotrac, Williams' projected rookie deal is a four-year contract worth roughly $39 million. Odunze's is projected to be four years, $22.7 million total.

MORE: Here's what rookie contracts for Caleb Williams, Rome Odunze look like

Per Over the Cap, the cap hit for the No. 1 pick is projected to be $7.1 million in the contract's first year. The No. 9 pick is projected to have a first-year cap hit of $4.1 million.

If my math is right, that leaves the Bears with about $12 million in cap space.

Remember, too, the Bears have two more picks in the 2024 NFL Draft --- the No. 75 and No. 122 picks. The first-year cap hit for the No. 75 pick is projected to be $1.07 million, per Over the Cap. For the No. 122 pick, it's slated at around $980,000. Not much of a difference, but still needs to be accounted for, should the Bears draft at those spots.

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