Chicago Bears officially introduce Ryan Pace as new GM

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears officially  introduced their new General Manager Ryan Pace on Friday.

He spent 14 years in New Orleans and helped build the Saints' 2009 Super Bowl winning team.

The Saints promoted him to Director of Player Personnel prior to the 2013 season.

Pace also has some local ties - he was defensive captain in his senior year at Eastern Illinois.

He's 37-years-old which makes him the youngest GM in the NFL.

The Bears passed over Chris Ballard, who was a long-time scout in Chicago before going to the Chiefs.

Pace immediately got to work at Halas Hall. Right after he was hired, he sat in on the interview with Cardinals Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles.

In a press conference today, he said the most important thing for him to do right now is find the next Bears head coach.


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