The Chicago Bears entered the new league year with high hopes of representing the NFC in Super Bowl LIV. But everything that could've went wrong indeed did, and now the Bears find themselves out of the playoffs.
As with any team that fails to live up to expectations, changes are bound to be made. Here are three players that most definitely won't return to the Bears in 2020.
3. Kyle Long
Long's career is Chicago is reaching its end. Injuries have limited him to just 12 games these past two seasons, with an ailing hip issue proving to be the final nail in the coffin this year. Long is set to be a free agent after this season, and general manager Ryan Pace will be looking for an upgrade over the declining right guard, who stirred up controversy before the season started.
2. Leonard Floyd
Leonard Floyd entered the NFL with plenty of hype as one of the top linebackers in the 2016 draft class. However, Floyd has never lived up to it. The team traded for Khalil Mack and drafted Roquan Smith in 2018 to help build a stout linebacking corps, but Floyd has proven to be the weakest link. He's now set to make over $13 million in 2020, which would make him among the top-10 highest-paid outside linebackers. Pace has some serious thinking to do before Floyd's salary becomes guaranteed on March 18.
1. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Clinton-Dix gambled on himself by signing a one-year contract with the Bears. Prior to Week 17, Clinton-Dix has recorded 74 tackles, five passes defensed, and two interceptions (both of which came vs. the Washington Redskins in Week 3). He's certainly showed improvement this year and may have priced himself out of Chicago considering the Bears are going to have some legitimate salary cap issues in 2020.