Northwestern product Sherrick McManis was a surprise last season. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The Chicago Bears have been busy adding depth to their roster over the past few days, and they continued that trend on Wednesday when they announced that they had re-signed cornerback Sherrick McManis to a one-year contract.
McManis, who was signed by the Bears prior to the 2012 season, has been a big contributor on the special teams unit over the past two years. In his NFL career (he also spent two seasons with the Houston Texans), McManis has 41 special teams tackles, an interception and a forced fumble. Over his two years with the Bears, McManis has 25 special teams tackles, which is second most on the team over that span.
During the 2013 season, McManis had the best season of his career. He played in 15 of the Bears’ 16 games and ranked second on the team with 15 special teams tackles.
McManis will be looked at to help lead a turnaround on the special teams phase of the game for the Bears next season, as they took a big step backward in that area during the 2013 campaign. With a new punt returner and a new punter in the fold, McManis and Craig Steltz will be two key returning pieces as Joe DeCamillis tries to find the success that Dave Toub had in his many years with the squad.