One high-level person groomed by Jerry Angelo doesn't appear to be going anywhere.
Cliff Stein, who is nearing his 10th anniversary with the Bears, got strong votes of confidence from team president Ted Phillips and new general manager Phil Emery.
"Over the years, Cliff has played an increasingly important role, and he'll continue to do that," Phillips said Monday. "Like Phil, he's organized, and detailed, and well-respected, so I think he'll serve us well."
Stein's title since May 2007 is Senior Director of Football Administration and General Counsel. But, in football speak, he's the team's salary cap administrator and contract negotiator, and he's distinguished himself as one of the league's best.
Stein's expertise will be valuable to Emery, whose primary background is in college scouting.
"The nice thing about the Chicago Bears is we have great resources," Emery said. "Cliff Stein is a great resource. He's in the forefront in that role in this league. Have I been involved in those discussions before? Yes."
Emery noted that Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay was a "great teacher" and made sure he understood the "big picture."
"So I have some experience in those areas, but I will be leaning on Cliff. And I know he's a good teammate," Emery said. "I was here when Cliff came in, and he's very good at his position. Cliff, along with other people in the building, we're gonna help one another.
"We're gonna be a cohesive team. Sometimes in a team you have some weakness and you have strengths. The key is putting those things together to help one another move forward."
Stein, with Emery's guidance, will have plenty to tackle in the coming months. The Bears will have their full allotment of draft picks -- including an extra one in the third -- and they'll have to figure out what to do with Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte, who will soon be an unrestricted free agent. In addition, perennial Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs has made clear he wants more money added to his current contract.