Bears Ink LS Chad Rempel to 3-Year Contract

The signing could mean the official end of the Patrick Mannelly era in Chicago

The Chicago Bears haven't had to bring in a full-time long snapper since the 1990s, but it appears that they've done just that on Monday as it was announced by the team that they had inked Chad Rempel to a three-year contract.

Rempel, who played for the past 10 seasons in the Canadian Football League, had 70 tackles on special teams, two fumble recoveries, and 22 catches for 283 yards and two scores in his career.

He played for Winnipeg, Hamilton, Toronto Argonauts and two stints with the Montreal Alouettes, the team that Bears head coach Marc Trestman helmed before coming to the Windy City.

The move is an interesting one for the Bears, as it may signal that they are moving on from long-time snapper Patrick Mannelly. The 36-year old Mannelly has spent the past 16 seasons with the Bears, and is the longest-tenured player in team history.

Mannelly is currently a free agent, but recovering from hip surgery.

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