Bears release linebacker Pernell McPhee and safety Quintin Demps

CHICAGO – As Ryan Pace enters his fourth free agency period with the Bears, he’s saying goodbye to two of the players he signed in the past.

On Tuesday the Bears announced that linebacker Pernell McPhee and safety Quintin Demps have been released. The former was a free agent from Pace’s first year in 2015 while Demps was signed last offseason.

McPhee was the first major player signed by Pace when he arrived with the Bears in 2015, coming over from the Ravens after 7 1/2 sacks in 2014. The outside linebacker was effective in the first campaign as he collected six sacks in 14 games but injuries plagued him after that. He missed seven games in 2016 and then three more in 2017 as he collected four sacks in each season.

Demps had even less time to show off his skills for the Bears as he was injured just three weeks into the 2017 season against the Steelers, fracturing his forearm and eventually missing the entire campaign. Expected to be a full time starter when signed from the Texans in the offseason, Demps finished with just 12 tackles in about two-and-a-half games.