Bears To Decline Bobby Massie’s Option?

The Bears are not likely to exercise the option on Bobby Massie’s contract, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport (on Twitter). By letting the tackle walk, the Bears will save upwards of $5MM against the 2021 salary cap.

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Massie may not be a world-beater, but he is an experienced starter at a premium position. Unfortunately, a knee injury cut his 2020 season at the midway point, and his 2019 was limited by an ankle issue.

Massie’s been with the Bears since signing a three-year deal with them in 2016. Before the 2019 season, he agreed to a four-year extension worth $8MM+ per year. The Bears could keep him through 2022, but they’d prefer to go younger, cheaper, and healthier at right tackle.

The salary cap figure is still TBD, but the Bears need to do some spring cleaning regardless of where the number stands. Even after dropping Massie, there will be more moves to come. And, if they make a play for Russell Wilson, they’ll have some especially difficult decisions to make.

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7 comments on “Bears To Decline Bobby Massie’s Option?

  1. tank62

    “May not be a world beater”
    Very nice and polite way to sum up Massie as a bear. I along with most Bears fans would not be as kind. Sadly Ifedi was actually better than Massie at RT last year. I doubt they’ll have the cap space to get Darryl Williams from Buffalo so an early round pick should replace him

    • Superbear29

      Massies fine as long as he doesn’t have to block for the run or for the pass.

      • parx

        Hahaha he seems like a good guy off the field, zero articles of antics in 5 years, it’s just he’s bad at football at this time

    • Richdanna

      Unless they trade all of those early round picks for Wilson, which would put him in the same spot he is in Seattle: frustrated with the O-Line

  2. crosseyedlemon

    I’m wondering if the Bears OL bookends will now be Leno and Letterman.

  3. thebare54

    Don’t always trade a 1st rounder just cut & spend more no body respect a tight wallet

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