With movement happening around the NFL today as teams cut their squads down in order to comply with the leagues 53 man roster limit, the Chicago Bears may have traded FB Tyler Clutts to the Houston Texans in return for CB Sherrick McManis.
After Mike Tice was bumped up to Offensive Coordinator, in the wake of the Mike Martz “retirement” it was always going to be tough for Clutts to keep his position on the team.
Clutts has always performed admirably in his position at fullback, his blocking has been solid throughout his tenure with the Bears. Tice likes to keep four tight ends the roster as opposed to three TE and one FB. So the odds were never in Clutts’ favour, he was effectively surplus to requirements.
In truth had he not been traded, Clutts was rumored to have been waived anyway, something I have been saying would happen all summer.
The Bears have picked up McManis in return for Clutts. The 24 year old was a 5th round pick for the Texans in the 2010 NFL draft. The addition of McManis helps with Secondary depth for the Bears, as I imagine he will slip in behind Tim Jennings, Charles Tillman, D.J Moore and Kelvin Hayden.
McManis is a three-year veteran from Northwestern who grew up in Illinois, who got caught up in a numbers game at CB in Houston. As result of the trade, you have two players who have switched to teams that actually have use for them on their rosters.
McManis is due to make $588k this season, and has two years left on his four year contract that he signed with the Texans in 2010. More than likely McManis will be used as a Special Teams contributor, on a unit that has lost 6 of its top 7 tacklers from last season.