Chicago has landed it's blocking Tight End. Per this article, Brandon Manumaleuna will sign a five-year contract with the Bears later today, pending a physical.
"I played for Mike Martz (in St. Louis) and Lovie Smith was the defensive coordinator. It was a great situation," Manumaleuna said Friday morning at O'Hare Airport after arriving on a flight from Los Angeles. "This team has a chance to be real successful. It was difficult (to leave San Diego). I had a lot of friends and it was close to home, but the business is what it is."
Manumaleuna had 5 receptions for 13 yards and 0 TDs in 2009. He has 110 receptions for 965 yards and 12 TDs over his nine year career with the Rams and Chargers. But the 6-foot-2, 295 pound
lineman tight end will be used primarily for blocking in the running and passing game.
The article also suggests that Greg Olsen is still in the Bears' plans, but questions the future of Desmond Clark.
Lovie and company have a busy day planned, as both Julius Peppers and Chester Taylor are scheduled to visit Halas Hall.
"We have a chance to get a lot of good guys," Manumaleuna said. "And make a good run for it."
Stay tuned to WCG for updates throughout the day...
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As a side note, helmet tip to Kev H for calling this Monday night...
That said, the first signing, I think, isn't going to be your big name DE or safety. I think you're going to be seeing a move like the rumored interest in Manumaleuna.