Chicago Bears fans rejoiced this morning after it was reported that the team's general manager Jerry Angelo would be leaving Halas Hall before the 2012 season. Fanatics of the Monsters of the Midway often complained about Angelo's questionable decisions regarding free agency and the team, which most recently took form in Angelo's reluctance to sign Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte to a long-term deal.
Angelo's departure was first reported by the Chicago Tribune, after multiple NFL sources told reporter Brad Biggs early on January 3 about the matter. Details of whether Angelo retired or was fired are not yet known. The Chicago Bears will be holding a press conference at 4 p.m. (CST).
Angelo led Chicago to three division championships. In 2006, the Chicago Bears won the NFC Championship and appeared in the team's first Super Bowl in 21 years under Angelo's management. Angelo also helped the Chicago Bears acquire quarterback Jay Cutler in 2009 and defensive end Julius Peppers in 2010. Angelo's scouts drafted Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs in 2003 and special teams phenom Devin Hester in 2006. While many fans were happy to hear of Angelo's departure, if the news is true, much remains in question about the Chicago Bears moving forward.