New Bears general manager Ryan Pace made his first splash in the NFL's free-agent pool Monday. And if the final day of the 2014 league year was any indication, the team's transition to a 3-4 defense will make more waves in the days ahead.
Pace began the defensive makeover by agreeing with Ravens outside linebacker Pernell McPhee on a five-year deal worth around $40 million and $16 million guaranteed, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed.
And then the Bears braced for the expected departure of nose tackle Stephen Paea, who is planning to sign with the Redskins, according to NFL Network and CSN Chicago.
No deals can be finalized until free agency begins at...