NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the team will sign free-agent outside linebacker Pernell McPhee to a five-year contract worth almost $40 million, per a source informed of the deal.
In Baltimore, McPhee operated as a versatile chess piece with the requisite skill set to rush from the edge, put his hand in the dirt and even play a little defensive tackle. Ranking behind only Justin Houston among last year's 3-4 outside 'backers, per Pro Football Focus, McPhee piled up 7.5 sacks en route to 17 total takedowns during his fourth season with the Ravens.
More than a few Ravens role players have been overpaid as marginal starters elsewhere, but the sense is that McPhee -- who has never topped 616 snaps in a season -- is just entering the prime of his career.
For the second year in a row, Chicago is making defense a free-agent priority, a need they can't ignore after finishing as the third-worst unit in the NFL two seasons running.