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Pernell McPhee, Quintin Demps Released by Chicago Bears

Pernell McPhee and Quintin Demps were released by the Chicago Bears on Monday. The outside linebacker was signed by Ryan Pace back in 2015. He was set to earn $7.2 million in base salary this year. Critics are saying that the 29-year-old is overpaid considering that he only recorded 14 sacks and 90 tackles in […]

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Pernell McPhee and Quintin Demps were released by the Chicago Bears on Monday. The outside linebacker was signed by Ryan Pace back in 2015. He was set to earn $7.2 million in base salary this year. Critics are saying that the 29-year-old is overpaid considering that he only recorded 14 sacks and 90 tackles in […]

Pernell McPhee and Quintin Demps were released by the Chicago Bears on Monday.

The outside linebacker was signed by Ryan Pace back in 2015. He was set to earn $7.2 million in base salary this year. Critics are saying that the 29-year-old is overpaid considering that he only recorded 14 sacks and 90 tackles in three seasons.

Demps, meanwhile, didn’t play much last season after breaking his forearm. Prior to the injury, he only played three games. If the Bears do not release him, they are set to pay him about $4 million this year.

With the twin moves, the Bears will have enough wriggle room to play with the roster after clearing at least $10 million salary-cap space.

According to ESPN,  Demps was well-liked in the locker room and worked really hard when healthy. However, even without taking into considering the broken forearm, he had nagging injuries to the knee and the shoulder, as well.

Demps, however, will walk away from the Bears $5 million richer, which was the amount guaranteed in his contract offered by general manager Ryan Pace.

The Bears just couldn’t catch a break after losing Leonard Floyd who was, at the point of his injury, was the best defender of the team last year. He went under the knife following a knee injury.

“It’s going to be some time until he can come back — if it all, the rest of this season,” said coach John Fox, referring to Floyd. “It’s good to hear it wasn’t the ACL. … It was MCL, PCL. We’ll require some work to get him fixed, but it’s obviously better news than a total reconstruction.”

The team is looking to get some reinforcements and the mock draft showed the Bears picking up Quenton Nelson in round 1. The Notre Dame guard has very high potential with ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. comparing him to future Hall of Famer Steve Hutchison.

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