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Friday, March 5, 2010
Bears needed big TE more than Chargers

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Brandon Manumaleuna is a Bear simply because Chicago needed him more than the San Diego Chargers.

Manumaleuna became one of the first unrestricted free agents to change teams. The Bears were ultra aggressive in pursuing the blocking tight end.

Manumaleuna reunites with former St. Louis coach Mike Martz, who is the Bears’ new offensive coordinator. Martz targeted Manumaleuna because he covets blocking tight ends.

San Diego liked Manumaleuna, but he was a role player on the team's pass-happy offense. The Chargers just couldn’t compete financially to keep him. Watch for San Diego to try to draft a big tight end in the middle to late rounds.