This offseason, the Chicago Bears already welcomed back one former player to the team in defensive end Israel Idonije. Now that another ex-Bear is available, should the organization go after him as well?
On Monday, the Houston Texans released safety Danieal Manning after playing the last three seasons with the franchise. It’s been reported that Manning was unwilling to take too much of a pay cut from the Texans in order to make more room on their salary cap.
Manning originally was drafted by the Bears in 2006 and played in the Windy City for five years. While in Chicago, Manning started in 56 of the 77 games that he played in. In addition, he was also a kick returner on special teams. In fact, his production in the return game was so good that he took over for Devin Hester during the 2008 season and led the NFL in return average.
Chicago has already signed a number of safeties this offseason, but none have the experience of Manning. The nine-year veteran could definitely make the Bears’ secondary better than it was last season and could be a good example for a potential rookie.
Though it sounds nice to bring back Manning to Chicago, the fact that money was an issue in Houston could make this potential reunion very difficult. Let’s not forget that the Bears already restructured the contract of quarterback Jay Cutler so that the signing of defensive end Jared Allen could occur. Furthermore, Chicago still needs some cap space to sign the prospects from the upcoming draft.
If general manager Phil Emery can pull another rabbit out of his hat and make this happen, that would be great and could label Bears as having arguably the best offseason of any team in the league. Let’s just wait and see if Chicago can make another splash in the free agency pool.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller.