By: Brad Biggs
Kevin Turks, who has been with the franchise since 2001, was promoted into the role Friday, sources in the scouting community said. Turks replaces Chris Ballard, whom general manager Phil Emery moved into the role a year ago. Ballard has departed to accept a promotion with the Chiefs.
The Bears got out of the gate quickly in free agency, signing left tackle Jermon Bushrod and tight end Martellus Bennett. In all, the team signed 14 veterans in free agency, nine of them new to the organization and five of them players who were re-signed. Ballard played a key role in all of that work.
Sources said the Bears moved swiftly to replace Ballard with Turks as director of pro personnel. Dwayne Joseph, who along with Turks had been an assistant director, gets an associate title.
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