New Bears LB McPhee ready to show off versatility

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears have agreed to a contract with free agent linebacker Pernell McPhee, the team announced Wednesday.

The deal is worth five years and a reported nearly $40 million.

McPhee, 26, previously played in Baltimore, where he recorded 92 tackles, 17 sacks and three forced fumbles over four seasons with the Ravens.

He has also appeared in eight playoff games, including a victory in Super Bowl XLVII against the San Francisco 49ers.

McPhee is originally from Pahokee, Fla., and was drafted in the 5th round of the 2011 NFL draft.

The signing comes a day after the official trading of wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the New York Jets.

McPhee was introduced to the media Wednesday afternoon, and said he is ready to put his trust in Bears head coach John Fox and the defensive coaching staff to find a position and style that best suits him and the team -- so that he can find similar success to what he had in Baltimore.

"If [they] need me to play cornerback, I'll go play cornerback," he joked.

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