Bears name Phil Emery general manager

The Chicago Bears completed their search for a general manager today, naming Phil Emery as the man for the job.

Emery, who served as the Kansas City Chiefs director of college scouting for the previous three years, is the replacement for Jerry Angelo, who was fired Jan. 3. Angelo was Emery’s boss previously when he worked as an area scout for the Bears. Emery is the fifth general manager in Bears’ history.

Bears president Ted Phillips said the team was putting a premium on talent evaluation. They got Emery to improve the franchise’s performance in the draft, which was a black mark against Angelo. Before working for the Chiefs, he was the college scouting director for the Atlanta Falcons, a place where Tim Ruskell hired him.

The Bears completed a second interview with Emery on Friday. He was selected over Jason Licht, the director of pro personnel for the New England Patriots. Emery will be introduced at a 2 p.m. (CST) press conference on Monday.

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