Bears to sign former Texans safety Quintin Demps

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The Bears will sign safety Quintin Demps. (AP)

The Bears willsign former Texans safetyQuintin Demps once theleague calendar begins Thursday afternoon.

Demps willreceive a three-year, $13.5 million deal, sources said.

Demps, who turns 32 in June, had six interceptions last season, when he started 13 games. The Bears defense had only 11 takeaways last year, tying the NFL record for the fewest ever.

TheBears will be the fifthteam for the UTEP alum — he played two stintsin Houston.The nine-year veteran didn’t start at least half his team’s games until 2014 with the Giants, but still figures to be an upgrade over the Bears’ safety tandem of Adrian Amos and Harold Jones-Quartey. Demps’ age, though, meansthe Bears couldstill pursue young, dynamic options.

GM Ryan Pace said as far back as January that the Bears needed to find playmakers in the defensive backfield. TheBears willlook hard at next month’s draft, which isconsidered the best for defensive backs in a generation.

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