Front Office

Ryan Pace
General Manager

Ryan Pace is in his third season as general manager of the Chicago Bears. He is the sixth general manager in franchise history after being hired on January 8, 2015.

Emphasizing synergy with the team's head coach, Pace's first move was to hire John Fox, one-of-six coaches in NFL history to lead two different teams to Super Bowl appearances, to lead the Chicago Bears coaching staff.

With the head coach in place, he went on to reshape the team's football operations, bringing in the team's first sports science coordinator (Jenn Gibson) along with hiring a new head of strength and conditioning (Jason George) and head of athletic training (Nate Breske). On the personnel side he brought in...

Ryan Pace is in his third season as general manager of the Chicago Bears. He is the sixth general manager in franchise history after being hired on January 8, 2015.

Emphasizing synergy with the team's head coach, Pace's first move was to hire John Fox, one-of-six coaches in NFL history to lead two different teams to Super Bowl appearances, to lead the Chicago Bears coaching staff.

With the head coach in place, he went on to reshape the team's football operations, bringing in the team's first sports science coordinator (Jenn Gibson) along with hiring a new head of strength and conditioning (Jason George) and head of athletic training (Nate Breske). On the personnel side he brought in Josh Lucas to serve as the director of player personnel, Champ Kelly as director of pro personnel and Joey Laine as director of football administration.

In Paces first two seasons as Bears GM, five Bears players have been selected to the PFWA's All-Rookie team (Adrian Amos, Leonard Floyd, Eddie Goldman, Jordan Howard and Cody Whitehair), tied for the most in the NFL in that time frame.

Despite finishing with a 3-13 record, there were signs of progress in Pace's goal to build a roster with a younger core group of players in his second outing. The Bears 2016 draft class tallied 3,390 offensive/defensive snaps which ranked 4th most in the NFL (CLE - 4,339; TEN - 3,512; IND - 3,509). Leading the way for the rookie class was RB Jordan Howard, who set a new Bears rookie record with 1,313 yards on the ground, and LB Leonard Floyd, who posted the third most sacks by a rookie in team history (7.0) despite missing four games due to injury.

In his first season overseeing Chicago's roster, Pace was tasked with turning over a Bears roster that ranked as one of the oldest in the NFL (average 27 years, 39 days old) and has trimmed that average to just over 25-years old. The Bears fielded a competitive team, improving by one game over their previous year's record, despite the youth movement. The 2015 Bears team was involved in 11 games decided by one score (5-6 record in those games) despite leading the NFL with nine rookie starters (three on offense, six on defense). The Bears defense improved from 30th in 2014 (377.1 yards per game) to 14th in 2015 (345.1 ypg) despite starting a league-most six rookie starters who combined for 41 starts, second most to the Saints 44 defensive rookie starts. Pace accomplished the task with just six draft picks, two of which were utilized on the defensive side of the ball (DL Eddie Goldman, 12 starts and DB Adrian Amos, 16 starts). Rounding out the rookie starters were undrafted free agents LB Jonathan Anderson (three starts), DB Bryce Callahan (three starts), DB Harold Jones-Quartey (four starts) and LB John Timu (three starts).

Pace began transitioning the team's roster in 2015 by adding impact veteran free agents such as linebackers Pernell McPhee and Sam Acho, defensive lineman Mitch Unrein and defensive back Tracy Porter on defense and wide receiver Eddie Royal offensively. That transformation continued during the 2016 offseason with the unrestricted free agent additions of LBs Jerrell Freeman and Danny Trevathan, DL Akiem Hicks, OL Bobby Massie and Ted Larsen and QB Brian Hoyer. In 2017, Pace added top free agent QB Mike Glennon, WR Markus Wheaton, DBs Prince Amukamara, Marcus Cooper and Quintin Demps and TE Dion Sims.

On the first day of the 2017 NFL Draft, Pace traded up (from third overall) to the second overall pick in order to select the player the Bears most coveted, QB Mitchell Trubisky. On Day Two, Pace recouped a few of those picks and also selected TE Adam Shaheen. The Bears closed out the draft by selecting DB Eddie Jackson (112th overall), RB Tarik Cohen (119th overall) and OL Jordan Morgan (147th overall).

Pace joined the Bears after spending 14 seasons (2001-14) as a member of the Saints organization, including 13 in the player personnel department. He spent the last two seasons (2013-14) with the Saints as director of player personnel. In that role, Pace helped manage the team's college and pro scouting operations including all facets of scouting and evaluation of college and pro prospects along with New Orleans' roster.

Pace spent six seasons as the club's director of pro scouting (2007-12), which included overseeing the club's pro scouting staff. His duties involved recommending player acquisitions by evaluating the Saints roster and potential NFL free agents, monitoring all NFL transactions, researching possible trade opportunities, assessing player talent from other professional leagues and directing the advance scouting of future opponents. He also helped the Saints prepare for the NFL Draft following the regular season by assisting in the evaluation of top college prospects.

The Flower Mound, Texas native got his start in New Orleans' player personnel department as a scouting assistant in 2002, a role he held for two years before working as a pro scout from 2004-06. During that time he evaluated free agents and collegiate players entering the NFL Draft as well as scouted upcoming opponents. He joined the Saints in 2001 supporting the coordination of all game day, training camp and stadium operations.

Over Pace's 13 seasons in the New Orleans personnel department (2002-14), the Saints compiled a 115-93 (.553) record. Since 2006, the Saints reached the playoffs five times, won three division titles, played in two NFC Championship games (2006 and 2009) and won the franchise's first Super Bowl title (Super Bowl XLIV). The Saints pro scouting department helped build a Super Bowl championship club by using all avenues at their disposal: signing free agents QB Drew Brees, FB Heath Evans, LB Scott Fujita, CB Randall Gay, C Jonathan Goodwin, CB Jabari Greer, WR Lance Moore and DE Anthony Hargrove and trading for TE Jeremy Shockey, LB Jonathan Vilma, LB Scott Shanle and TE David Thomas. Pace has also worked to acquire players such as NT Brodrick Bunkley, G Ben Grubbs, LBs Curtis Lofton, RB Darren Sproles. Over his last two seasons with the Saints their draft classes included regular starters LT Terron Armstead (2013, third round), WR Brandin Cooks (2014, first round), S Kenny Vaccaro (2013, first round) and WR Kenny Stills (2013, fifth round).

In 2008, he was selected by the club to attend the NFL's Stanford Business School's Executive Education Program for Managers. He was a part of the franchise in 2005 while the club dealt with immense adversity having to guide itself through several moves in base operations in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Pace played collegiately as a defensive end at Eastern Illinois (1995-99), serving as team captain as a senior, graduating with a bachelor's degree in marketing.

Pace and his wife, Stephanie, have a daughter, Cardyn.