Report: Bears part ways with DePaul

The Chicago Bears have parted ways with pro personnel director Bobby DePaul, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.

DePaul worked for the Bears for nine seasons and is credited with many of the successful roster moves over that period, most of all the trade for quarterback Jay Cutler last April. He was also responsible for the acquisition of three Pro Bowlers through various means and he helped build the offensive line that the Bears ran behind en route to Super Bowl XLI – signing veteran Ruben Brown off the scrap heap – and importing running back Thomas Jones.

The Bears pulled off a trade for two-time special teams Pro Bowler Brendon Ayanbadejo under DePaul, and also signed offensive tackle John Tait away from the Kansas City Chiefs in free agency. Robbie Gould, the third-most accurate kicker in NFL history, was also signed as a street free agent. Just this last year, the Bears signed linebacker Tim Shaw off the street and the linebacker set a franchise record with 30 special teams tackles. In 2008, DePaul signed wide receiver Devin Aromashodu off the practice squad of the Washington Redskins and now new offensive coordinator Mike Martz has mentioned him as a talent for the future.

DePaul worked previously in the front office of the Philadelphia Eagles and broke into the league as a defensive line coach for the Washington Redskins. He was a member of the Super Bowl XXVI staff and later coached for the Cincinnati Bengals.

“I think he is very, very good, just a football guy,” Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs said about DePaul. “I think the other thing is that he is good at evaluating a player. He can tell you, and that’s hard to do, there aren’t a lot of people who are good at that.”

It's possible the move signals that general manager Jerry Angelo will attempt to reunite with ousted Seattle Seahawks general manager Tim Ruskell. They worked together previously in Tampa Bay.

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