The Chicago Bears revamped the tight end position by signing Martellus Bennett last week and now Steve Maneri, a converted offensive tackle, is on the team’s radar. The Bears are believed to have interest in Maneri, who was not tendered as an exclusive rights free agent by the Kansas City Chiefs after he appeared in 13 games and made eight starts in 2012. Maneri, 6-6, 280 pounds, would likely be a replacement for Matt Spaeth, who was released and signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Maneri was an undrafted free agent in 2010 from Temple when he signed with the Houston Texans. He also spent time with the New England Patriots and made it to the Chiefs in 2011. In Kansas City, he was converted to tight end last offseason and excelled in a role as a blocker, what the Bears had Spaeth on the roster to do. Maneri, 24, made five receptions for 51 yards last season. He has appeared in 19 games and has nine career starts.
Bears showing interest in TE Maneri
Chicago Tribune | Mar 18