Former Bears GM Phil Emery hired by the Falcons as a scout

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Former Bears GM Phil Emery has been hired as a scout by the Atlanta Falcons.

ATLANTA – The Bears’ former general manager was only out of a job for about a year after the team parted ways with him in 2015.

On Tuesday the Atlanta Falcons announced that they’ve hired Phil Emery as a national scout along with former Titans general manager Ruston Webster

“Phil and Ruston bring over 40 years of combined NFL scouting expertise to our organization and I am pleased to have them join our staff,” said Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff in a statement released by the team. “They will both be focused predominantly on college scouting, an area that both men have excelled in during their careers. I am confident that they will bring an added leadership presence to our scouting department.”

Emery joined the Bears as their general manager in 2012 and held the position through 2014. He’s remembered most for being the general manager for the firing of head coach Lovie Smith and the hiring of Marc Trestman. Emery also signed quarterback Jay Cutler to a seven-year, 126.1 million dollar contract in January of 2014.

After a 5-11 season that fall, Emery was let go by the Bears and replaced by Ryan Pace. Emery was with a team this past season.