Michael Bush was brought to the Windy City to be the Chicago Bears‘ goal-line running rack, meaning Bush was responsible for hammering home the short-yardage plays that can oftentimes define a game or season. Well, after two years in Chicago the Bears have gotten a grand total of eight touchdowns and 608 yards rushing out of Bush. Correct me if I’m wrong, but someone with those statistics doesn’t deserve a $2.8 million base salary in 2014.
However, that’s exactly what Bush is owed as Bears general manager Phil Emery has a decision to make when it comes to the team’s back-up running back. Of course, it’s not that difficult of a decision considering Bush is nearly 30 years old and on the decline. Thankfully, releasing Bush should free up some cap space so that the Bears can better afford the massive Jay Cutler contract.
Furthermore, another one of the most expensive Bears is likely to be cut this offseason as well. Now, Julius Peppers has earned a lot more fanfare than Bush and also a lot more money. At this stage in his career, Peppers has clearly lost a step and Chicago would be foolish to pay the washed-up defensive end his $13.9 million in 2014. The Bears will save roughly $8 million by releasing Peppers, which would knock down his $18.1 million cap hit in 2014.
Big contracts always have a shelf life and Bush and Peppers will soon see just how quick an NFL career really is.