Tim Ruskell out before Bears even introduce Phil Emery

The Chicago Bears didn’t get around to introducing Phil Emery as their new general manager Monday afternoon before his first move was clear.

Tim Ruskell is out. The club’s director of player personnel, who was one of five candidates interviewed to replace Jerry Angelo, has left the organization. The Bears classified it as a “mutual decision,” but Ruskell had one year remaining on his contract and it’s unlikely he would just walk away from a pay check for more than 12 months.

Emery is expected to hire two men to replace Ruskell – a director of college scouting and a director of pro personnel. Ruskell, the former Seattle Seahawks general manager, came on board two years ago when Angelo reshuffled the deck.

The departure of Ruskell should dispel the notion Emery might consider a good ol’ boy network. That is because when Emery was hired as the director of college scouting for the Atlanta Falcons in 2004, Ruskell was the man who hired him.

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