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Chicago Bears re-sign long snapper Patrick Scales

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The Chicago Bears bring back their 2016 long snapper.

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Chicago Bears’ general manager Ryan Pace has announced that the they have reached an agreement to bring long snapper Patrick Scales back for the 2018 season.

Scales tore his ACL last preseason and spent all of 2017 on injured reserve, but before that he appeared in 21 straight games for the Bears. Last year’s long snapper, Andrew DePaola, was recently signed by the Oakland Raiders, and he’s now the highest paid long snapper in the NFL.

The 30-year old Scales was originally an undrafted free agent of the Ravens in 2011.

The Bears have shown interest in Oregon long snapper Tanner Carew, so I’d expect them to have at least one other long snapper in camp competing with Scales for the job.

Ryan Pace also announced the team has signed corner Marcus Cooper, which was widely reported over the weekend.

The Bears have also officially announced that corner and special teamer Sherrick McManis was re-signed to a two-year contract.