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What does 2022 salary cap ceiling mean for strapped Bears?

The Bears currently have $157.6 million in obligations for the 2022 season, per Spotrac.

Pro Bowler Kyle Fuller was among the Bears’ salary cap casualties.
Pro Bowler Kyle Fuller was among the Bears’ salary cap casualties.
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The Bears’ path out of salary cap hell will have its limits.

The NFL and the NFLPA agreed to a $208.2 million salary cap ceiling for the 2022 season, regardless of the league’s revenue, per ESPN.

While the cap could prove lower than that figure, it would be, at most, $25.7 million more than the $182.5 million cap this season that forced the Bears to cut veteran starters. The team cut cornerback Kyle Fuller and left tackle Charles Leno, among others.

The Bears currently have $157.6 million in obligations for the 2022 season, per Spotrac. That doesn’t include a deal for receiver Allen Robinson, who will play this season on a one-year franchise tag unless the two sides reach a long-term agreement by July 15.

A shortfall in projected revenue because of the coronavirus led to the 2021 cap, which was about $25 million short of what teams across the league had projected pre-pandemic.