Bears OL James Daniels set to sign $ 50million extension
James Daniels has played 52 games with the Chicago Bears since the team selected him in the 2nd round (39th overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft.
The versatile young offensive lineman has played center, right guard and left guard for Chicago during his four seasons with the team, providing both a lasting and solid presence on the line. Daniels, 6-foot-4, 295 pounds, is in the final year of his four-year, $ 6,950,156 million contract with the Bears, and he is expected to become an unrestricted free agent in 2022.
Pro Football Focus salary cap expert Brad Spielberger has scheduled end-of-season extensions for some of the league’s top waiting free agents, including Daniels, revealing roughly how much the Bears could shell out in order to retain the player’s services. line for the next several years.
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Spielberger Projects Daniels to sign $ 50 million extension
Citing Daniels’ young age (he’s only 24) and the potential at stake, Spielberger explained why young OL will be worth around $ 50 million if or when the Bears choose to extend him. Here is its logic and evaluation:
Daniels played the majority of his left guard snaps in 2018 and scored 69.8 for passing blocks. In 2019, Daniels played nearly equal snaps at center and left guard, scoring 67.0 as center and 73.9 as left guard. After injuries knocked him out for most of the 2020 season, Daniels now has a 68.1 rating as a full-time right guard. Sometimes things don’t have to be too complicated: Daniels is going to provide a team with above-average play in all three inside places, and he’ll be another 24 in week 1 of 2022. The 2018 second round will likely be younger than a handful of players in the 2022 draft, and he’s still bursting with potential.
Looking at the comparable contracts signed by Shaq Mason of the New England Patriots and Graham Glasgow of the Denver Broncos, Spielberger predicted Daniels to sign a five-year, $ 50 million ($ 10 million per year) contract, with a total of 24. million dollars guaranteed.
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Can the bears afford to babysit Daniels?
Per Spotrac, Chicago is expected to have approximately $ 42,879,465 of capitalization space in 2022.
If the Bears offload several big contracts on the defensive end of the ball (letting Eddie Goldman and Danny Trevathan walk would free up $ 16 million on their own), keeping Daniels would certainly be doable – and advisable – for Chicago. As Spielberger noted, Daniels is young with plenty of room to grow up, and he’s been an underrated presence on the line at times for the Bears this season.
He has an overall rating of 68.6 and a blocking rating of 69.1 from PFF so far this season, playing 973 right guard snaps. He’s moved a lot on the line during his tenure with the Bears, and staying in one place for more than a season would surely benefit him.
The Bears have plenty of needs, including another lineman, WR, and high school assist, and they’ll also have to extend linebacker Roquan Smith – but if they release a few aging veterans, they should be able to keep Daniels in. the area for the foreseeable future. If they don’t pay, it’s clear another team will.
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