This offseason, most Bears fans had Buster Skrine chalked up as a salary cap casualty heading into 2021. And now it’s official.
Skrine signed a three-year, $15.5 million deal ($8.8 guaranteed) in 2019. Cutting Skrine will leave the Bears with $3.3 million in dead cap and give them a little under $3 million in extra cap space. Skrine played 28 games for the Bears over two seasons and tallied 114 tackles (91 solo), eight passes defended, and three forced fumbles. Many people will say Skrine brought nothing to the table, but I have to disagree.
Skrine was a scrappy player and a great open-field tackler. Many Bears fans won’t give him credit for how well he played in 2019 and the beginning of 2020. He began to tail off after the matchup with the Titans in 2020, however. It’s like that game broke him somehow. Skrine himself even sent out this tweet after the game.
After that first touchdown, things went downhill fast. It seemed like Skrine was letting up a touchdown every game from that point on. He could have been dealing with an injury or maybe his age started catching up with him, but I remember his time with the Bears as more of a positive than a negative. After suffering a concussion against his former team, the Jets, Skrine never returned to the lineup. He missed the last four games and the playoff game against the Saints. This is partially why he was a cap casualty for the Bears in the 2021 offseason.