The John Fox Era in Chicago has gotten off to a rough start. Not only are they 0-3 in their first three games but they have lost quarterback Jay Cutler for the near future and were shut out by Seattle for the first time since 2002. With their playoff chances non-existent at this point, Fox and the Bears have decided to begin a massive overhaul, and on Tuesday they finalized deals that sent linebacker Jon Bostic to the New England Patriots and veteran defensive end Jared Allen to the Carolina Panthers, receiving conditional sixth-round picks for both

Bostic departure comes after he completely fell out of favor with Fox and his coaching staff. He was taken in the second round in 2013, expected to become a leader on a defense that had just lost Brian Urlacher to retirement, and saw him make an immediate impact, ultimately leading the team in tackles last season. In New England, he will join a defense that already has Jerod Mayo, Dont’a Hightower, Jamie Collins, and Jonathan Freeny, giving the Patriots potentially their best linebacking core since Tedy Bruschi led the way.

As for Allen, the 12-year veteran is expected to help a Carolina defense that has been without star linebacker Luke Kuechly the last two weeks with a concussion, and will be missing star defensive end Charles Johnson this week with a severe hamstring strain. The Bears will pay $11.5 million of Allen’s salary this season, while Carolina is only on the hook for $823,000.

These are the first moves of what could be a long rebuilding effort for Fox and the Bears, as they hope to recover from what looks to be a lost season. They figure to audition young players on their defense to see if they have internal long-term answers, and experts such as ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson wonders if the Bears may wind up listening to offers for star running back Matt Forte.

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