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Bears, McManis agree to one-year deal

3/20/2014

The Bears agreed to terms on a one-year contract Wednesday with standout special-teams cornerback Sherrick McManis.

McManis finished second on the team last year with 15 special-teams tackles.

The 6-foot-1 native of Peoria, Ill., has appeared in 27 games for the Bears over the last two seasons and recorded 25 combined stops on special teams. He was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 9 of 2012 for blocking a punt that was returned for a touchdown.

McManis spent his first two years in the league with the Houston Texans before being traded to the Bears on Aug. 31, 2012, in exchange for fullback Tyler Clutts.

The Texans selected McManis in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL draft with the 144th overall selection. McManis played collegiately at Northwestern, where he ranked sixth on the Wildcats' career interceptions list with nine and third on the school's pass breakups list with 30.

While McManis is now back in the fold, veteran free-agent cornerback Zack Bowman remains unsigned. Most of the team's second- and third-tier players have agreed to terms on contracts in the offseason that include no guaranteed money. That has resulted in certain players being reluctant to accept new contracts, but options for many are dwindling a week-plus into the free-agency period.

Bowman recorded 49 tackles, three interceptions and one touchdown in seven starts for the Bears last season.