Senior director of pro personnel Bobby DePaul has been relieved of his duties, a Bears spokesperson confirmed.
DePaul has been in his current position with the Bears for nine years and played a key role in the trade that sent two first-round draft picks and a third-rounder to the Broncos for quarterback Jay Cutler in April. Although the organization whiffed last offseason when the brought in veteran left tackle Orlando Pace, who clearly disappointed before being injured late in the season, DePaul also had a hand in acquiring Thomas Jones, Fred Miller, Muhsin Muhammed, John Tait and Roberto Garza and trading for Adewale Ogunleye.
DePaul's role with the Bears includes evaluating pro players for possible acquisition via trades and free agency while also coordinating advance scouting of opponents. He also helps out with the salary cap, contracts and oversees scouting technology.
DePaul has always been close to general manager Jerry Angelo but has not always seen eye to eye with coach Lovie Smith, which could mean Smith will wield more power in the wake of his departure.