The Chicago Bears began their offseason shuffle by shedding two veteran players on Monday.
The Bears will save $7 million on the salary cap by cutting McPhee, and $3.26 million in jettisoning Demps.
McPhee spent three seasons in Chicago after signing a five-year $38.75 million contract in 2015, this after four seasons in Baltimore. The 29-year-old pass rusher has been unable to stay completely healthy through his three-year tenure in the Windy City -- he ended 2017 on IR with a shoulder injury. In 36 games, McPhee compiled 90 total tackles and 14 combined sacks.
Despite owning leadership qualities and pass-rush punch, the Bears deemed his large salary combine with health issues too much to keep around heading into his age-30 season.
Demps, meanwhile, represents one of general manager Ryan Pace's free-agent whiffs. The 32-year-old safety signed a three-year, $13.5 million contract last March, with $5 million guaranteed. Demps lasted just three games with the Bears before being placed on IR with a broken arm.