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16-year vet Patrick Mannelly retires

Updated: June 20, 2014, 12:26 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The most tenured player in Chicago Bears history is calling it quits.

Free agent long snapper Patrick Mannelly announced Friday that he is retiring after a club-record 16 seasons. Mannelly underwent hip surgery in January that forced the veteran to spend the offseason rehabilitating the injury with the hope of returning for a 17th NFL season.

But that never materialized.

"I want to thank the Bears' organization for an incredible 16 years," Mannelly said ...

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