The Chicago Bears have begun reworking their defense with some actual talent. Bears GM Phil Emery has signed former Oakland Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston. After free agent defensive end Michael Bennett decided to remain in Seattle, the Chicago Bears quickly moved on to Plan B. The Bears have signed defensive end Lamarr Houston, formerly of the Oakland Raiders. If you're upset the Bears lost out on Michael Bennett, don't be. Lamarr Houston is a similar player to Bennett, as both are scheme versatile. Houston primarily played DE in Oakland's 4-3 defense, but he has the size (6'3", 300 pounds) to kick inside to defensive tackle, and the athleticism to stand up and play outside linebacker which he did for the Raiders on occasion. Our Raiders blogger, Silver and Black Pride, tells WCG: "What began as a great 2013 season by Lamarr Houston plateaued a bit near the end of the season. Even still, he had a career best 6.0 sacks and led all 4-3 defensive ends with 54 solo tackles. He doesn't rack up a lot of sacks but he is among the league leaders in quarterback pressures and is statistically the best run stopping defensive end in the league. He has played both sides of the line with equal proficiency and his size makes him a fit for either 4-3 or 3-4 defensive end. He is also a great locker room presence and passionate on-field performer." Through his first 4 four years in the NFL Bennett had 98 tackles and 15 sacks. Through four years as a pro, Houston has 16.5 sacks and 228 tackles. Houston is also two years younger than Bennett. Bennett will give more speed off the edge, while Houston is more of a power pass rusher. That doesn't mean Houston is slow, because he does have some burst to his game.
Bears sign Lamarr Houston
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