Posted January 30, 2012 on
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New Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery made his first move for the team today, firing Tim Ruskell, who has served as the team’s director of player personnel the last two years.

Bears Won’t Let Forte Hit Free Agency

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte’s contract is set to expire on March 13th when the new league year begins. On Tuesday, the Bears made it clear that they will either place the franchise tag on Forte or get a long term deal finalized, so he isn’t able to hit the open market. “We’d like to (strike a long-term agreement),” Bears president and CEO Ted Phillips told ESPN...

Quartet of Bears Players Take Part In Pro Bowl Farce

It wasn’t their fault, but hopefully the four Chicago Bears players who played in Sunday’s NFC 59-41 loss to the AFC won’t list the Pro Bowl as a crowning football achievement. The game was an eyesore for even the most rabid NFL fans, and though the game generated big ratings on television, that says more about the lack of quality [...]

Emery Becomes 5th Bears GM; Ruskell Departs

The Chicago Bears gave a five-year contract to Phil Emery to become the club’s new General Manager, hoping to end a string of poor drafts and underperforming results. Emery takes over for Jerry Angelo, who was fired after ll seasons on January 3rd. Emery most recently served as the Kansas City Chiefs Director of College Scouting. He also worked at [...]

Surprising development

In December, Bears linebacker J.T. Thomas and his fellow rookies brightened up the spirits of Chicago-area youth at an annual holiday party at Soldier Field. But something unexpected happened to him when he bumped into Anthony Grandberry and his mother, Tonya Harris. “He was so excited to see me....

Bears GM Phil Emery a man of many hats

Phil Emery, 53, never pictured himself standing at a podium wearing a suit and tie and conducting a news conference as a team’s new general manager. Throughout his career — whether in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., Georgetown, Ky., Silver City, N.M., Atlanta or Kansas City — Emery focused on the job at...

Bears say Forte will not hit free agency

Bears running back Matt Forte’s contract is up, and he’ll be eligible for free agency on March 13. NFL teams can begin assigning franchise tags on February 20. On Tuesday, the Bears publicly confirmed that they’ll either be signing Forte to a long-term deal or tagging him between those two dates. “We’d like to (strike…

Bears general manager Phil Emery worked his way to the top

Phil Emery didn’t ride the fast track to become an NFL general manager. His journey took him through non-traditional outposts such as Mt. Pleasant, Mich., Georgetown, Ky., and Silver City, N.M. “I’ve joked with [the Emerys], ‘I’m not sure there’s not a state they’ve been in, and a school...

Tim Ruskell out as Bears player personnel director

Phil Emery has made his first big decision as Bears general manager. Tim Ruskell has been relieved of his duties as the team’s player personnel director. He had also been serving as the team’s interim general manager after the departure of Jerry Angelo earlier this month. Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that it…

Bears spared Giants, Pats by picking Phil Emery as GM

INDIANAPOLIS — A day after the Bears introduced Phil Emery as their general manager, executives from the two Super Bowl teams were relieved two of their staff members aren’t headed to Halas Hall. New York Giants owner John Mara said Tuesday he had a ‘‘long conversation’’ with Bears president...

NFL roundup: Wayne State alum Phil Emery is Bears' new GM

The Chicago Bears have hired Kansas City Chiefs director of college scouting and Wayne State alum Phil Emery as their general manager. Emery was an area scout for the Bears in 1998-2004 and replaces Jerry Angelo, who was fired after an injury-riddled 8-8 season.
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