With Willie Young out, Pernell McPhee’s durability key for Bears

12 Oct , 2017 Sports

Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee acknowledged feeling the pain when the Ravens cast him away without an offer in free agency in 2015. But he’s over it.

“If your girlfriend or your wife leaves you, that’ll hurt, right?” McPhee said. “I don’t know. It was just a relationship, just like you’ve got a girlfriend. They leave you sometimes. It is what it is. I’m just very thankful that [general manager] Ozzie Newsome and coach [John] Harbaugh gave me a chance to become a Raven. That’s the best feeling I got out of it.”

McPhee will play against his former team for the first since he signed a five-year, $38.75 million contract in 2015 when the Bears play the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. He’s not getting too caught up in the emotion of the moment, but acknowledged the reality: While the Bears made him wealthy, his four years with the Ravens made him what he is today.

“It means a lot,” McPhee said. “I get to go up against the team that raised me; that gave me my identity as a defensive player and as a man in this game.”

At this stage of his career, though, McPhee has more to prove …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun-Times – Sports


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