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Emery says Bears remain work in progress

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears’ overhaul on defense is underway. General manager Phil Emery says the work is far from finished.

Big issues still need to be addressed after a flurry of moves this week that included luring defensive end Lamarr Houston from the Oakland Raiders and releasing eight-time Pro Bowler Julius Peppers.

Emery said Wednesday that the work is “not going to stop” and that the recent signings are just “a step.”

The Bears agreed to a five-year contract with Houston, a two-year deal with former Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants safety Ryan Mundy and one-year contracts with linebackers Jordan Senn and D.J. Williams while releasing Peppers on Tuesday. On Wednesday, they brought in former Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings on a one-year deal.


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