The Chicago Bears are ushering in a new era under general manager Ryan Poles. As a result, sweeping changes and roster turnover come along with it. The new GM made headlines on Thursday afternoon by sending OLB Khalil Mack to the Los Angeles Chargers. But the Bears did not stop there. On Friday morning, reports surfaced indicating the team will release running back Tarik Cohen.
Of course, Cohen is a notable draft pick of the Ryan Pace era. He was a fourth-round pick out of North Carolina A&T in 2017. Cohen quickly became an impact player for the Bears, which earned him a contract extension in 2020. However, shifty running back suffered a torn ACL while fair-catching a punt just days after. Due to the injury, Cohen missed most of the 2020 season and all of the 2021 campaign.
As Adam Schefter indicated, Tarik Cohen is still not fully healthy and has not been able to pass physical. Alas, the Chicago Bears are releasing him with the injury designation, which will get out of $13M ($5.5M in 2022 and $7.5M in 2023). However, the team’s books will still carry a dead cap of $3.5M in 2022 unless they designate the move as post-June 1. Doing so would cut the dead cap number in half to $1.75M and spread it out over the next two years.
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