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Champ Kelly announces he’s staying with the Chicago Bears

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Chicago Bears assistant director of player personnel Champ Kelly is staying with the team.

Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper confirmed the development on June 19.

Before and after Bears assistant director of player personnel Champ Kelly interviewed for the Jets’ general manager vacancy, there was chatter about the possibility that he could take a job with the team even if he didn’t get the job.

Kelly didn’t get the job as the Jets opted to hire Joe Douglas as the replacement for the fired Mike Maccagnan. He also won’t be leaving his post with the Bears.

Kelly announced on social media that he is ‘blessed and grateful’ to continue the pursuit of the Super Bowl trophy’ in Chicago. Kelly has worked for the Bears since 2015 and had an eight-year run in Denver before making the move to Chicago.

Kelly staying in Chicago is good news for the fans. He helped the team win 12 games last season. This was the Bears’ best record since they made it to Super Bowl XLI in 2006 (Chicago went 13-3 that year). The Bears also made their first postseason appearance in eight years in 2018.

With quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and linebacker Khalil Mack leading the charge, the Bears should make a serious Super Bowl run in the 2019 NFL season. If Chicago wins another Super Bowl title, Champ Kelly will be glad he stayed in the Windy City.

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