Front Office

Phil Emery
General Manager

Phil Emery is in his third year as the Chicago Bears general manager.

Emery has brought leadership, a passion for winning, hard work, attention to detail and an acute eye for evaluating talent through 34 years of football experience into his position as Chicago Bears General Manager.

An intricate part of the Bears (1998-2004), Atlanta Falcons (2004-08) and Kansas City Chiefs (2009-11) organizations over 14 seasons within their college scouting departments, Emery helped develop a successful foundation at each franchise, learning to balance team needs with a “raise our own” mantra emphasizing building through the draft while working all avenues of player acquisition.

Phil Emery is in his third year as the Chicago Bears general manager.

Emery has brought leadership, a passion for winning, hard work, attention to detail and an acute eye for evaluating talent through 34 years of football experience into his position as Chicago Bears General Manager.

An intricate part of the Bears (1998-2004), Atlanta Falcons (2004-08) and Kansas City Chiefs (2009-11) organizations over 14 seasons within their college scouting departments, Emery helped develop a successful foundation at each franchise, learning to balance team needs with a “raise our own” mantra emphasizing building through the draft while working all avenues of player acquisition.

During the 2014 offseason with the Bears, Emery has shaped the roster by signing over 12 unrestricted free agents such as DE Jared Allen, C Brian de la Puente, DL Lamarr Houston, DE Willie Young, S Ryan Mundy and LB Jordan Senn. He also continued the Bears philosophy of “rewarding their own” by re-signing and extending over 15 players including QB Jay Cutler, C Roberto Garza, K Robbie Gould, CB Tim Jennings, WR Brandon Marshall, G Matt Slauson, DT Jeramiah Ratliff, CB Charles Tillman and D.J. Williams. Prior to the 2012 season, he extending the contract of seven-time Pro Bowler Lance Briggs and signing two-time Pro Bowl running back Matt Fortè to a four-year deal.

In his first two seasons with the team, Emery used multiple channels at his disposal to obtain new talent while keeping the veteran core of the Bears in place. Emery acquired wide receiver Brandon Marshall via trade during the 2012 offseason. Marshall was named to the Pro Bowl in his first two years with the team, setting franchise single-season records for receptions and receiving yards in his first season with the team. Emery also signed unrestricted free agents such as TE Martellus Bennett and T Jermon Bushrod.

Emery has produced a Pro Bowl player in each of his first two drafts as general manager of the Bears, selecting G Kyle Long in the 1st round of 2013 and WR Alshon Jeffery in the 2nd round of 2012.  In 2013 with the additions through the draft of Kyle Long and T Jordon Mills the Bears went on to start  the NFL’s only pair of rookies to do so for all 16 Games.

            In his previous post, Emery was named director of college scouting for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009, a year after the franchise went 2-14.  Two years later in 2010, the Chiefs won their first division title since 2003 with a 10-6 record. Emery’s first draft with the team produced Eric Berry, who was the team’s first rookie Pro Bowl selection since Derrick Thomas in 1989, and Pro Bowl returner Dexter McCluster. A year later, in 2011, he helped select Pro Bowl linebacker Justin Houston in the third round.

From 2004-08, Emery served as the director of college scouting for the Atlanta Falcons. During that time, two of the three Falcons first round draft picks developed into Pro Bowlers: WR Roddy White (2005) and QB Matt Ryan (2008). He also worked as an Eastern regional scout for the Falcons leading up to the 2009 draft. The Falcons made two trips to the playoffs during that time including an appearance in the 2004 NFC Championship game.  

This is Emery’s second stint with the Bears after working as an area scout for the franchise from 1998-2004, working in the Northeast (1998-99) and Southeast (1999-2004) regions. During that time the Bears drafted Pro Bowler’s WR Marty Booker (third round of 1999), KR Jerry Azumah (fifth round of 1999), LB Brian Urlacher (first round of 2000), S Mike Brown (second round of 2000), CB Charles Tillman (second round of 2003), LB Lance Briggs (third round of 2003), DT Tommie Harris (first round of 2004) and CB Nathan Vasher (fourth round of 2004). Chicago won the NFC Central in 2001, its first division title since 1990 and first playoff appearance since 1994.

The fifth general manager in franchise history, joining George S. Halas, Jr. (1963-74), Jim Finks (1974-83), Jerome Vainisi (1983- 87) and Jerry Angelo (2001-11), Emery oversees the Bears football operations stressing a standard of expertise and excellence in every role. In 2013, he hired Marc Trestman as the 14th head coach in Chicago Bears history. With a belief in developing a trust in giving a voice to all members of the football operations staff, Emery has promoted longtime staff members Chris Hanks (Head Athletic Trainer), Kevin Turks (Director of Pro Personnel), Dwayne Joseph (Associate Director of Pro Personnel), Marty Barrett (Director of College Scouting) and Jeff Shiver (Executive Scout/Assistant Director of College Scouting) while expanding the scouting and player personnel departments.

The Michigan native is a 34-year football veteran, starting his career serving as a student assistant at his alma mater, Wayne State, before joining Central Michigan as a graduate assistant (1981-82). He went on to become the offensive line/strength and conditioning coach at Western New Mexico for three seasons (1982-84) before becoming a defensive line coach at Georgetown College from 1984-85. Emery went on to serve as the defensive line and strength and conditioning coach at Saginaw Valley State from 1985-87 before joining Tennessee as the Volunteers assistant strength and conditioning coach from 1987-91.  His tenure at Tennessee was highlighted by back-to-back Southeastern Conference Championships in 1989 and 1990. He made his last collegiate stop as the director of strength and conditioning services and as an Associate Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy (1991-98), where the Midshipmen won the Aloha Bowl in 1996. He was named the National Strength and Conditioning Association Conference Professional of the Year in 1996.

Emery and his wife, Beth, have three daughters, Kristine, Leigh Anne and April. Their family is involved in the fight to end Epilepsy through the CURE (Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy) foundation.