The Bears’ reconstruction plan for their defense apparently will go on without defensive tackle Stephen Paea, who appears headed for the Washington Redskins, according to NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport.
The Redskins, per Rapoport, have been interested in Paea for some time, and Paea has told people that would be his destination.
Paea was drafted by the Bears in the second round of the 2011 draft. Known for his brute strength — he set an NFL Scouting Combine bench-press record with 49 reps back in 2011 — Paea was a serviceable player in his four seasons with the Bears but never fully lived up to expectations for a second-rounder.
Last year with the team, Paea notched a career-best six sacks with the club, which is decent for an interior defensive linemen. But the Bears will need a different type of player anchoring the middle of their new 3-4 base defense.