STeams Ace McManis Re-Signed................

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  1. soulman

    soulman Pro-Bowler SuperFan DBS Writer

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    Chicago Bears

    Bears, McManis agree to one-year deal
    March, 19, 2014
    Mar 19
    11:45
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    By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

    The Bears agreed to terms on a one-year contract Wednesday with special teams standout cornerback Sherrick McManis.

    McManis finished second on the team last year with 15 special teams tackles.

    The 6-foot-1 native of Peoria, Ill., has appeared in 27 games for the Bears over the last two seasons and recorded 25 combined stops on special teams. He was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 9 of 2012 for blocking a punt that was returned for a touchdown.

    McManis spent his first two years in the league with the Houston Texans before being traded to the Bears on Aug. 31, 2012, in exchange for fullback Tyler Clutts.

    The Texans selected McManis in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL draft with the 144th overall selection. McManis played collegiately at Northwestern, where he ranked sixth on the Wildcats' career interceptions list with nine and third on the school's pass breakups list with 30.

    While McManis is now back in the fold, veteran free agent cornerback Zack Bowman remains unsigned. The Bears are believed to have expressed interest in re-signing Bowman, but the majority of the team's second- and third-tier players have agreed to terms on contracts in the offseason that include no guaranteed money. That has resulted in certain players being reluctant to accept new contracts, but options for many are dwindling over a week into the free-agency period.

    Bowman recorded 49 tackles, three interceptions and one touchdown in seven starts for the Bears last season.
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  2. soulman

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    Now Emery is backfilling with his backups and STeams guys and from the looks of it he's bent on improving the STeams as well. He's added some outside guys who have excellent histories as coverage guys and brought back his best as well. With Tillman signed and the strong likelihood they'll draft a CB somewhere in the first three rounds I'm not at all worried about Bowman. He's left once before and then returned so if he signs he signs and if he doesn't he doesn't IMHO McManis is a more productive coverage guy anyway.
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    Good news. I like many of these smaller signings.
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    riczaj01 DaBears Ditka DBS Writer

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    Emery, outside 1 or 2 moves each year, is all about finding depth in FA and hoping a few step up(slauson/anderson).

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