On Monday morning the Houston Texans released starting safety Danieal Manning after the team asked him to take a pay cut. Manning was set to count for $6 million against the salary cap this season and was reportedly open to restructuring his deal, however, he refused to drop as low as the Texans were hoping.
Manning was a 2006 draft pick of the Chicago Bears and spent his first five seasons in Chicago with seven interceptions over that period. Manning was also an accomplished kick returner, though the Texans had essentially taken these duties out of his hands the last two seasons.
Now, with Manning a free agent and the Bears needing help at the safety position, general manager Phil Emery would do best to stay away from this one. Manning will turn 32 in August and is currently rehabbing from a major injury suffered last season when he hyper-extended his knee. He is not known as a premier safety and has lost a step in the return game. The Bears have already brought in Domenik Hixon to compete for a returner spot to replace Pro Bowler Devin Hester, so they shouldn’t pay what Manning will be asking to have someone in a backup role.
The Bears have also brought in safeties Ryan Mundy and M.D. Jennings to compete for a starting spot with current safety Chris Conte. Both of these signings should be viewed as patches until the team is able to find an actual impact player at the position. Emery should be looking toward the NFL Draft to bring in younger and more impactful players instead of bringing back players who only have a year or two left in the league.
Mike Cuddy is a Chicago Bears writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @MikeCuddy, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.
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