The Chicago Bears are undergoing a significant rebuild, in terms of player personnel, coaching staff and front office.
Leading that transition is GM Ryan Pace, who today chose not to renew the contract of director of college scouting Marty Barrett. Pace met with the franchise’s scouts yesterday, at which time the decision was made to part ways.
Barrett has worked in the club’s scouting department since 1997, first as a West region scout from 1997-2012 and in his most recent role the past three years.
This is the third substantial change to the franchise's scouting department since Pace took over in January. In one of his first moves as GM, Pace replaced director of pro personnel Kevin Turks with Josh Lucas, who worked with Pace in New Orleans. Pace also released Rex Hogan from his contract, who signed with the New York Jets as director of college scouting.
There’s a strong chance Barrett will follow Hogan to New York, which conducted a front-office house cleaning yesterday, firing five scouts and the pro personnel director.
There is no word yet on who will replace Barrett as the Bears’ director of college scouting.
The Bears have also released East coast scout Jay Muraco, while area scout Zach Truty is leaving to join the Jets as a national scout.
Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his fifth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter.