(Source) Plan B will have a robust presence on the defensive line for the Chicago Bears. The team’s hot pursuit of Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was unfulfilled Monday when he re-signed with the Super Bowl champions, but general manager Phil Emery fired quickly at the outset of free agency Tuesday, agreeing to terms with Lamarr Houston.
Houston receives a five-year, $35 million contract and the deal includes $15 million guaranteed with $21 million paid in the first three years, an NFL source told the Tribune.
The Oakland Raiders had hoped to re-sign Houston and were optimistic about the prospects of doing so over the weekend before the tone changed. At 6-foot-3, 300 pounds, Houston doesn’t fit the prototype for a 4-3 defensive end, but the Bears likely will tout his flexibility to do different things for them up front.
Ed will break down Houston as a player more tomorrow but to me this is a good signing for the simple reason that Phil and company were prepared. Plan A fell through and they got Plan B together in less than 24 hours. This Defense needs basically everything, and like I said yesterday not one player is going to take it from worst to first, but the fact that the Bears moved quick and got a top end free agent to fill the DE spot is promising. Don’t look now but I think we just officially got our 4th trustworthy defensive starter. 7 to go.