The 32-year-old McManis has been a standout on special teams for Chicago throughout his tenure with the team. He has played in 108 games in his eight seasons with the team, starting in five of them, and has tallied 124 total tackles in that timeframe. He missed five games in 2019 due to a groin injury, but has otherwise been a durable backup at cornerback. This past season, he tallied eight tackles on special teams, deflected a pass and forced a fumble.
McManis’ open-field tackling abilities have allowed him to become one of the better special teams players in the league, and he has served as a solid depth option in the secondary for the Bears. He joins the likes of Deon Bush and DeAndre Houston-Carson as defensive backs the team has re-signed to one-year contracts this offseason.
A Northwestern alum who was born in Peoria, McManis is the longest-tenured Bear on the roster, having been acquired in a trade with the Texans prior to the 2012 season. He is the only player currently on Chicago’s roster to have played under Lovie Smith, and is one of just four Bears to have played under Marc Trestman, along with Kyle Fuller, Charles Leno and Pat O’Donnell.