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Jerry Angelo Fired, Chicago Bears Officially Announce GM Is Out

The Chicago Bears have made an official press release confirming reports that general manager Jerry Angelo has been fired and will not return with the team in 2012. An interesting aspect of the firing contained in the team's announcement is that team President and CEO Tedd Phillips was the one to break the news to Angelo, making it a bit less likely there will be a complete turnover in the front office that would include the removal of Phillips as well. For fans wondering if head coach Lovie Smith, who has signed a contract extension through 2013, is out as well, the team says no. Here are the relevant portions of the official press release:

Bears President and CEO Ted Phillips informed Jerry Angelo Tuesday morning that he will not return as the team's general manager for the 2012 season.

No other changes will be made. That includes Lovie Smith, who will remain Bears head coach.

The team will hold a press conference today at 4 pm (CT) in the Halas Hall theatre.

As for potential candidates from outside the organization, the Bears could look to former Indianapolis Colts GM Bill Polian or Green Bay Packers Director of Pro Personnel Reggie McKenzie. Those are the two hottest names in the early going now that Angelo is officially out.

***Update: The team has removed the phrase "No other changes will be made" from the press release on their website as of 10:07AM. Tim Ruskell, an addition to the staff made by Angelo in the past offseason, may still be added to the list of firings.

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