The Chicago Bears revamped their 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-foot-6, 280 pounds, likely would be a replacement for Matt Spaeth, who was released and signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Releasing Eric Winston came as a surprise as does the potential trade of Branden Albert, but the moves are all aggressive and make sense. If Kansas City can find away to maintain the offensive line but add some high draft picks, the Chiefs will be in great shape.
Salvador Perez comes back from the World Baseball Classic alive? Check. Eric Hosmer, too? Check. Tim Collins, as well? Check. Luis Mendoza locking up the fifth spot in the rotation with five innings of shutout ball? Check.
Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel might want to start perusing the real estate ads, though, because if recent reports are to be believed, it’s looking more likely than ever that he’s going to be beginning his NFL career with the Chiefs.
According to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, the fact that the Chiefs franchise-tagged Albert doesn’t necessarily ensure that he’ll be protecting Alex Smith’s blind side on opening day, with King stating that “The Chiefs will listen to offers for him.”
Granted, this could just be speculation on King’s part, but assuming for a moment that this is true there are any number of teams, from the Miami Dolphins to the Arizona Cardinals, that are sorely hurting at left tackle and could make for potential trade partners with the Chiefs.
Because I just spent roughly six hours re-watching the Chiefs offense in 2012. Even worse, I spent roughly six hours re-watching the Chiefs PASSING offense in 2012. Good God, what a mess. I feel a little bit like I used to after a three-week bender: exhausted, dirty, and with a vague feeling that I’ve done something illegal but won’t remember what it was until I get arrested
It should be noted that a player can not be traded until he has actually signed his tender. The Dolphins of course lost their own OT Jake Long to the St. Louis Rams and when Jeff Ireland was asked by members of the media at today’s owners meetings, he neither denied or acknowledged to be currently in talks with the Chiefs about Albert.
In order for a trade to happen, the Dolphins would first need to get Albert to agree to a new deal and then agree upon compensation with the Chiefs. While nothing is actually imminent, it is worthy of watching out for the possibility of it. The Dolphins still have around 19 million dollars in cap space and can also sign Randy Starks to a long term deal reducing his 8 million guarantee this season, as well as re-doing deals with Richard Marshall and Dimitri Patterson.