It’s widely known how the Chicago Bears are heading into 2023 with the largest cap space of any team.
However, their 2023 cap space just got another huge windfall.
The windfall comes as unused cap space from the 2022 season.
For anyone unfamiliar with the process, NFL teams can roll over their unused cap for the next season.
However, these rollover amounts are subject to an NFL audit.
But for now, NFL insider Field Yates is showing the Bears with slightly over $9.5 million in additional cap space for 2023.
NFL teams recently declared unused 2022 cap space rollover amounts (below).
After the playoffs, the NFL will audit incentives, bonuses, etc by team. That figure will be added/subtracted to the number below.
The sum + the 2023 Salary Cap = each team's 2023 adjusted cap number. pic.twitter.com/GJC8E7EsrO
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 12, 2023
The amount is the fourth-largest rollover among NFL teams.
While the Cleveland Browns take number one with over $27.5 million in rollover, the Bears rollover puts them in an influential position.
Their cap space allows them to sign star players, even if it’s only for one season.
With the team needing help, the rollover gives them additional funds to work with in 2023.
While they can use this on free agents, they can also use the money for their draft picks.
If the team trades their number one overall pick, they will need money for the multiple first-round picks they will get in a trade deal.
With quarterback Justin Fields needing help, the team can use their cap space in 2023 to help him.
The windfall puts the Bears well over a $100 million in cap space for the upcoming season.
Since the team has plenty of holes to fill, the additional cap space can easily get them another elite player.
While 2022 was a disaster, 2023 can be better if the Bears use their additional cap space the right way.