Defensive lineman Ray McDonald’s second chance came to a sudden end with the Chicago Bears Monday after news broke that the troubled defender had been arrested this morning in Santa Clara, California on charges of misdemeanor domestic violence and child endangerment. The Bears released McDonald hours afterwards, ending an embarrassing episode in Bears history that leaves egg on the faces of club chairman George McCaskey and first-year General Manager Ryan Pace.
Pace delivered a brief statement through the Bears public relations department. “We believe in second chances, but when we signed Ray we were very clear what our expectations were if he was to remain a Bear,” General Manager Ryan Pace said. “He was not able to meet the standard and the decision was made to release him.”
Following the NFL Draft, Chicago Bears General Manager Ryan Pace is moving on to his next item on the to do list, reshaping the Bears front office.
Pace made three hires Friday. The team’s official release is below:
The Chicago Bears have hired Joe Douglas as director of college scouting, Anthony “Champ” Kelly as director of pro scouting and Christopher Prescott as an area scout.
Joe Douglas – Director of College Scouting
Douglas spent the last 15-plus years (2000-15) with the Baltimore Ravens, including the last three-plus seasons (2012-15) as the team’s national scout. Prior to being named national scout, Douglas worked as Baltimore’s Southeast area scout (2009-11) while also scouting the East Coast (2008) and Northeast (2003-07). He has been a key contributor in the Ravens drafting such players as QB Joe Flacco, G Ben Grubbs, current Bears LB Pernell McPhee, LB C.J. Mosley, CB Lardarius Webb and G Marshal Yanda.
Continuing to erase the memories of former General Manager Phil Emery’s draft classes, the Chicago Bears released LB Khaseem Greene. He was a fourth-round choice out of Rutgers in 2013.
Greene was an undersized backer who earned a reputation in college as a turnover machine, forcing 15 fumbles, an NCAA record while alternating between safety and outside linebacker. However, he never transitioned at the pro level, spending most of his time on special teams. In limited duty, Greene failed to display the instincts to play on a regular basis, and his lack of bulk made him an easy target when opponents attacked on the ground.
Greene appeared in 25 games with six starts over two seasons (2013-14) for Chicago, collecting 60.5 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble to go along with seven special teams stops.
The release of Greene is another poor reflection of the Bears previous regime. Too often, Emery tried to outsmart everyone with unconventional decisions (hiring former CFL coach Marc Trestman, drafting Shea McClellin and Brandon Hardin, a safety who missed his last two years in college due to injury and subsequently spent his rookie year on the Bears injured reserve list).