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Pernell McPhee | Linebacker | #92

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/17/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 275
College: Mississippi State
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 5 (165) / BAL
Contract: view contract details

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Bears OLB Pernell McPhee is recovering from an offseason knee scope.
McPhee missed only two games, but was limited throughout last year. He recorded six sacks despite playing under 47 percent of snaps in the second half. McPhee's status for OTAs is questionable, but he should be ready for training camp. The Bears are still counting on 27-year-old McPhee to key their pass rush. Feb 24 - 6:08 PM

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Bears OLB Pernell McPhee could have arthroscopic surgery on his troublesome left knee after the season.

McPhee has missed several games and been limited in others over the second half of the season, but he plans to gut it out the last two weeks despite Chicago being out of the playoff picture. McPhee had a cleanup procedure on the knee before training camp began this summer, and he is likely headed for a similar procedure this offseason. McPhee has been stuck on five sacks since Week 8.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 10:42:00 AM

Bears coach John Fox said the team is not ready to shut down OLB Pernell McPhee (knee).

McPhee has missed two games and played limited snaps in others while dealing with a lingering knee injury. DC Vic Fangio hinted McPhee is going to be limited by the injury the rest of the season, and it does not make much sense for the Bears to push him with the playoffs already lost. Despite Fox's comments, it would not be surprising if McPhee landed on injured reserve.
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 08:37:00 AM

Bears OLB Pernell McPhee has been limited by a knee injury.

McPhee missed Week 10 with the injury and has played limited snaps the last three games. "I think what we’ve gotten out of him the last few weeks is about all we could expect right now," DC Vic Fangio said. The Bears defense has been steadily improving, but a healthy McPhee would still represent a big boost. Unfortunately for Chicago, it sounds like McPhee will be limited the rest of the season.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 12:05:00 PM

Bears OLB Pernell McPhee (knee, wrist) is active for Week 2 against the Cardinals.

McPhee tweaked his knee in Wednesday's practice, but is ready to help the Bears' woefully undermanned pass rush.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 11:41:00 AM

Bears OLB Pernell McPhee (knee/wrist) is questionable for Week 2 against the Cardinals.

McPhee appeared to suffer a knee injury in Wednesday's practice and was held out of both Thursday's and Friday's sessions. The always verbose John Fox offered a detailed explanation of the injury. "He was held out," Fox said. It appears McPhee will not play, which will render the Bears' already terrible pass rush even more impotent. Carson Palmer should have ample time to shred the Bears' secondary.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Sep 18, 2015 06:12:00 PM

Bears agreed to terms with OLB Pernell McPhee on a five-year, $39 million contract.

The deal includes nearly $16 million in guarantees. McPhee played behind Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil last year, but still posted 7.5 sacks, 64 quarterback pressures and 24 quarterback hits while lining up everywhere from nose tackle to defensive end. He was PFF's No. 2 3-4 OLB, behind only Justin Houston. It's an excellent get for the Bears, who now have themselves a difference-maker for a defense that was ranked 30th in both 2013 and 2014.
Mon, Mar 9, 2015 09:21:00 AM

NBC Washington reports the Cardinals view free agent OLB Pernell McPhee as a "healthy replacement" for Darnell Dockett.

McPhee has been mostly an outside linebacker the last two seasons, but can rush the passer from multiple spots. In Arizona, he would offer the potential to play both end and edge rusher opposite Alex Okafor. McPhee is expected to approach $10 million annually on the open market.
Sat, Mar 7, 2015 03:56:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora expects the Colts to be "very involved" on free agent OLB Pernell McPhee.

McPhee's market is going to be scorching hot if we're to believe everything we've read over the past couple weeks. A versatile lineman who has the ability to rush off the edge, play with his hand in the dirt, and even push the pocket from the interior, McPhee is expected to approach $10 million annually on his new contract. Owner Jim Irsay has never been afraid to overpay, and the Colts badly need pass-rush juice off the edge. The Ravens-to-Colts connection is strong.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Feb 25, 2015 02:42:00 PM

Commenting on free agent OLB Pernell McPhee, Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome said "we can't pay everybody market value."

It's as telling of a comment as you will ever hear from a general manager. Barring an unexpectedly soft market, McPhee will be walking in free agency. NFL sources have told the Baltimore Sun McPhee will command in the area of $8-10 million annually.
Tue, Feb 24, 2015 02:55:00 PM

NFL sources tell the Baltimore Sun that free agent OLB Pernell McPhee is expected to command $8-$10M per season.

The Sun calls McPhee a "luxury item the Ravens probably can't afford to retain," much like the Arthur Jones, Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe situations of years past. Baltimore, up against the cap, will be fine to roll with Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil and Courtney Upshaw on the edge. McPhee won't come cheap to pass-rush needy teams, but he's just 26 years old and has plenty of tread left on his tires after serving as a part-timer throughout his Ravens career. He was PFF's No. 2 3-4 OLB last season, behind only Justin Houston.
Mon, Feb 23, 2015 08:56:00 AM

The Baltimore Sun expects free agent OLB Pernell McPhee likely to "become a very rich man this offseason."

If so, compensatory-pick hoarder GM Ozzie Newsome will be a happy man. McPhee just turned 26 and is coming off a 7.5-sack season. McPhee can rush the passer from several different positions, but was a role player in Baltimore. It sounds like he'll get paid full-time-player money by his next team.
Sun, Feb 8, 2015 09:14:00 AM

OLB Pernell McPhee is considered the Ravens' free agent most likely to leave.

McPhee is quietly one of the top free agents available this season. Expect him to get priced out of what the Ravens want to spend quickly, similar to Arthur Jones last season and Paul Kruger the year before. McPhee, PFF's No. 2 3-4 OLB in 2014, is our No. 6 free agent edge defender available in a stacked class.
Thu, Feb 5, 2015 10:14:00 AM

Ravens fourth-year OLB Pernell McPhee is enjoying his finest training camp to date.

This was the first offseason McPhee wasn't recovering from a surgery, and it's showing in practice. The Ravens have converted McPhee from defensive end to stand-up outside linebacker. He's hoping to take a leap forward after two down seasons. McPhee finished second on the Ravens with six sacks as a rookie in 2011. He's competing for a reserve role behind Terrell Suggs.
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 12:56:00 PM

The Ravens are reportedly converting DL Pernell McPhee to outside linebacker.

It's a bit of an odd switch for a 6-foot-3, 280-pound defender who made his early-career mark as an interior hand-in-the-dirt pass rusher. Perhaps McPhee is just trying to add position flexibility to his resume. The Ravens are set in the starting lineup at rush 'backer with Elvis Dumervil bookending Terrell Suggs.
Fri, Jun 28, 2013 06:02:00 PM

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