Bears have decision to make on Leonard Floyd

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The Bears exercised their option on linebacker Leonard Floyd‘s contract for the 2020 season last year and that means they’re on the hook for a $13.2 million salary that’s currently guaranteed in the case of injury only.

It will be totally guaranteed if the Bears don’t rescind the option before the start of the new league year next Wednesday, which leaves the Bears with a decision to make. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that there’s a belief around the league the team could pull back the option at some point in the next week and look elsewhere for help at linebacker.

Outside linebackers are generally valued as pass rushers and Floyd has 11.5 sacks since notching seven during his rookie season in 2016. That’s likely why General Manager Ryan Pace focused on other areas when discussing Floyd at the Scouting Combine.

“He’s close in a lot of areas when you look at the pressures and those things,” Pace said. “He just needs to finish a little better on the quarterback. But when you’re evaluating him, you have to factor in everything: his run defense, his ability in coverage. We consider him our Sam outside linebacker, so we value what he can do in coverage and think sometimes that goes a little underrated . . . for a guy of his stature. Not many outside linebackers can drop in coverage like he does.”

The Bears have to decide if the overall package is worth the price tag or if they feel they can get something similar with less impact on their salary cap.

14 responses to “Bears have decision to make on Leonard Floyd

  1. He’s had a slow start to his NFL career, but Floyd has played much better recently. I don’t know if it’s worth $13.2 million, but he’ll get work elsewhere if the Bears decide to let him walk. Good enough to contribute, still young, with the potential to get better, but not irreplaceable. That’s kind of the predicament the Bears are in-Floyd looks like a solid player now, but not worth that level of money. If they could do it for half, it’d be an easier decision for them.

  2. The real decision, even tho we all know the answer, is to decide if Trubisky is the guy. That’s the only one that really matters for the Beara.

  3. Let him walk. Need another true pass rusher on the other side of Mack to bring SOME attention. Mack cant do anything being double and tripled teamed most of the game.

  4. I’ve had enough of Floyd, the guy gets way to many failed one on one opportunities thanks to Akiem Hicks and Khalil Mack. Something isn’t right with gumby, he has the movement you would expect out of that position, by zero strength. Get rid of him and go after Vic Beasly.

  5. They will try to retain him at a lower cap hit. Probably close to half of what he is due to make. Pace has too much of an ego to let him walk outright.

  6. Another overpaid Bears player. They have good players, but they act like each guy on that defense is some All Pro or something. MAck is also overpaid.

  7. There’s rumors of Foles coming to Chicago, looks like if that happens I’ll have to change my name from Trubisky to Foles after he takes the reins of dominating my Lions!

  8. tylawspick6 says:
    March 11, 2020 at 9:39 am
    Another overpaid Bears player. They have good players, but they act like each guy on that defense is some All Pro or something. MAck is also overpaid.
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    Mack is top 2 in his position, with an argument for the best.

    Hicks and Jackson are also top 5 at their positions… Fuller is knocking on the door of the top 10.

    If they can get a SS and another decent EDGE, the defense will be scar next year.

    Unfortunately, they still won’t win if their offense can’t put up more that 6 a game.

  9. lalder95 says:
    March 11, 2020 at 10:31 am
    tylawspick6 says:
    March 11, 2020 at 9:39 am
    Another overpaid Bears player. They have good players, but they act like each guy on that defense is some All Pro or something. MAck is also overpaid.
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    Mack is top 2 in his position, with an argument for the best.

    Hicks and Jackson are also top 5 at their positions… Fuller is knocking on the door of the top 10.

    If they can get a SS and another decent EDGE, the defense will be scar next year.

    Unfortunately, they still won’t win if their offense can’t put up more that 6 a game.

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    let me tell you something…..Kahlil Mack is overpaid and it cost the Bears 2 precious 1st rd picks that could have been pieces around Trubisky. It was a major error by Ryan Pace. Pace is not a good GM.

    I mean, look at the support Trubisky was given. You have a scatback as a lead back? Doesn’t work. You have no WR past Robinson. Can anyone name their WRs or their TEs? No.

    As for Mack, a very good player for sure, but not worth that price. No way. I’ve seen the Pats dismantle him twice, once with the Raiders and once when he was in Chicago in 2018.

    So, you can’t sell me on Mack being this other-worldy LB. Kyle Van Noy is a better 3 down OLB than Mack is. Mack is a better pass rusher, but that’s really it.There’s more to that position, especially in a 3-4 than just trying to rush the passer. Mack is Clay Matthews. For every blast into the backfieeld play he makes, he’s giving up the edge on the next play.

    Very good player, but not as great as people try to sell him to be.

  10. Floyd has not earned $14M, the Bears have don very thing thy can and now is the time to let him go. I am sure the Bears can come up with a cost effective solution.

  11. Paying a one trick pony OLB 21 mil per year is the dumbest thing I;ve ever seen next to paying Mark Sanchez 17 mil per in 2009.

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