Now that the 2015 NFL draft is done and dusted, first-year Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace has made another major move in the franchise's scouting department.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports from multiple sources that college scouting director Marty Barrett, who joined the Bears as their West region scout in 1997 after three years with the New Orleans Saints, will not have his contract renewed. He had been the the team’s director of college scouting for the past three years.
As you may recall, Ryan Pace fired then-director of pro personnel Kevin Turks five days into his regime, and brought in Josh Lucas from the Saints to be his director of player personnel six days later - a role that oversees both the pro and college scouting levels - so Barrett's role was redundant once the 2015 draft had concluded. Pace also released college scout Rex Hogan from his contract so he could take up a position as the college scouting director for the New York Jets, touted as a possible landing destination for Barrett.
A new GM replicating a setup that he's familiar with and that worked for him when he was Mickey Loomis' right-hand man, or a gamble that he and Josh Lucas will be able to procure talent for the roster? We may not know for several years, but Bears fans are hoping that Lucas will be as good in his role as Pace was with the Saints.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Jay Muraco is out as <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bears?src=hash">#Bears</a> East coast scout, multiple sources confirmed.</p>— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) <a href="https://twitter.com/caplannfl/status/595658360042692610">May 5, 2015</a></blockquote>
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