How Jeremiah Attaochu’s release impacts Bears’ salary cap in 2022

The Chicago Bears have released defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu, who becomes the latest salary cap casualty of the offseason for new general manager Ryan Poles.

Attaochu signed a two-year deal with Chicago last offseason. He appeared in just five games — totaling two tackles — before suffering a torn pectoral muscle in Week 5 against the Las Vegas Raiders that sidelined him for the remainder of the season.

Attaochu’s release doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering he wasn’t a huge fit for the Bears’ new defense under Matt Eberflus. Not to mention, Chicago saved some salary cap space in the process.

The Bears have freed up $2.45 million in cap space for the 2022 season, per Over The Cap, as Attaochu’s release is a post-June 1 cut. Attaochu will carry $645,000 dead-cap hit this season.

Following Attaochu’s release, the Bears now have $24.66 million in available cap space, per OTC, which ranks third in the league.

Attaochu joins nose tackle Eddie Goldman, linebacker Danny Trevathan, running back Tarik Cohen as other cap casualties this offseason.

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