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Bears release veterans McPhee, Demps


The Bears on Monday released outside linebacker Pernell McPhee and safety Quintin Demps.

After arriving as a free agent in 2015, McPhee appeared in 36 games with 17 starts the past three seasons, recording 90 tackles, 14 sacks, 19 tackles-for-loss, two forced fumbles and one interception.

McPhee registered five sacks in his first seven games with the Bears in 2015 before sustaining a knee injury that plagued him the rest of the season and forced him to miss the first six games in 2016. Shoulder injuries forced him to sit out the 2016 season finale and three of the final four games in 2017.

McPhee signed with the Bears after spending his first four NFL seasons with the Ravens.

Demps joined the Bears last year as a free agent and appeared in the first three games—compiling 11 tackles—before being lost for the season with a broken arm in a win over the Steelers. Demps arrived after spending his first nine NFL seasons with the Eagles (2008-09), Texans (2010-12; 2015-16), Chiefs (2013) and Giants (2014).

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