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Bears Sign Former Chiefs TE Steve Maneri

The Chicago Bears have signed former Kansas City Chiefs OT/TE Steve Maneri.

From the Chicago Tribune:

Steve Maneri, a blocking tight end, has agreed to terms on a two-year contract. The Tribune reported earlier this week the Bears were pursuing Maneri, who also drew interest from the Houston Texans. He is expected to replace Matt Spaeth in the offense.

A converted offensive tackle, Maneri 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, was an undrafted free agent in 2010 from Temple when he signed with the 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, 25, made five receptions for 51 yards last season. He has appeared in 19 games and has nine career starts.

We haven’t talked much about Maneri this offseason but the Chiefs may have let one get away here. Despite being converted from tackle to tight end, Maneri actually graded pretty well last year according to Pro Football Focus. He was slightly above average in both run blocking and pass blocking, finishing the season with a +4.2 overall grade. He played 412 snaps. In fact, Maneri played every offensive snap against the Colts in Week 16 last year and that was the game the Chiefs ran all over Indy.

Alas, Maneri is a Bear now.

That leaves the Chiefs with Tony Moeaki and the newly signed Anthony Fasano.

Moeaki struggled in his first season back from knee surgery. He started off very slow but did string together some strong performances down the stretch. He caught 33 passes for 453 yards and one TD in 2012. He also dropped four passes. He finished the year with a -4.0 grade.

Fasano finished the year with a +4.2 grade in Miami, which is the same mark Maneri received. He caught 41 passes for 332 yards. Fasano was also a big threat in the red zone, hauling in five TDs.

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  • berttheclock

    The Chicago Trib ariticle had it partially correct. Yes, he could be called a converted offensive tackle. However, he really converted to offensive tackle after playing TE in both high school and at Temple. That is one reason he was able to adjust to catching passes and he did move the chains for the Chiefs on several occasions, last season. The reason he went to OT was his own decision to gain needed weight to play OT because he felt he would have a better chance catching on in the pros at OT. Last season, he was used for blocking when the Chiefs had to adjust due to injuries to using an unbalanced line. He is really a converted TE to OT who re-converted to TE.
    Might be the one mistake made by the new guys on top in not placing some restriction upon him.

  • micah stephenson

    Steve shuda stuck around a lil longer. When the Chiefs draft GENO SMITH his numbers wud have went through the roof!

  • Steve Blank

    this guy can excel as an all around great TE if they use him right. If I remember right, he has great hands…at least it looked like that every catch I saw him make.

  • Danny W

    Maneri will do good things out in Chicago glad he got a contract.

  • Jason

    Hell of a blocker in madden… Not to shabby on real life either. Oh well.