NFLPA ratifies new CBA, giving Bears a boost ahead of NFL free agency

JJ Stankevitz
NBC Sports Chicago

Updated at 10:20 a.m.: The NFL's salary cap is lower than some projected, coming in at $198.2 million. So this actually isn't good news for the Bears! More to come. Original story is below. 

The NFLPA voted to ratify the NFL's new collective bargaining agreement, a move which should immediately help the Bears - provided the new league year actually begins this week.

It's been expected ratifying a new CBA would immediately increase the available cap space to teams ahead of this year's free agency period, with estimates ranging from an additional $5 million on the low end to $20 million on the high end. Either way, Ryan Pace is going to have more money to work with when the league's free agent period begins.

And that's a good thing, seeing as the Bears may only have $15-18 million in cap space after re-signing Danny Trevathan and placing a second-round tender on Roy Robertson-Harris (the year-by-year details of Trevathan's contract aren't known yet; Robertson-Harris will make about $3.3 million in 2020, per OverTheCap).

Even adding $5 million to that existing cap space would allow the Bears to pursue better players to fill existing holes at quarterback, tight end, right guard, cornerback and safety. This is big news, and good news as far as those inside Halas Hall are concerned.

Now the most pressing question in Chicago turns to the status of Leonard Floyd, and if the Bears want to free up an additional $13-ish million in cap space by pulling his fifth year option. But the biggest question around the NFL to be answered on Sunday is much more important: Will the new league year start on time as the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic?

Stay tuned.

NFLPA ratifies new CBA, giving Bears a boost ahead of NFL free agency originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

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