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Bears add one tight end, drop another


There’s sure a lot happening with the Bears tight ends these days.

The team will release Brandon Manumaleuna on Thursday,according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, one day after it looked like they were shopping Greg Olsen in a trade. Olsen’s agent Drew Rosenhaus sent an e-mail about Olsen being on the trading block on Wednesday and quickly retracted it, but the fact that he sent it in the first place has people watching for a potential move.

Given the Olsen situation, the timing of the Manumaleuna news could be seen as a sign that the team isn’t ready to move on a trade just yet. But the Bears also signed a tight end on Thursday, leaving them at the same place they were when the day began.

Matt Spaeth, late of the Steelers, signed a contract with the team and would make a fine replacement for Manumaleuna as a tight end focused on blocking. Spaeth started 13 times last season as a second tight end and did a good job as a blocker in the run game, but he wasn’t a big part of the passing attack. That’s pretty much the same profile as Manumaleuna, except Spaeth’s younger and he isn’t coming off of knee surgery.

Spaeth and holdover Kellen Davis give the Bears a pair of bigger tight ends should they decide to move Olsen and go with a different style of play at tight end. We’ll know for sure just as soon as Rosenhaus sends out another e-mail.


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25 Responses to “Bears add one tight end, drop another”
  1. trbowman says: Jul 28, 2011 3:42 PM

    “Olsen’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, sent an e-mail at 7:56 p.m. Wednesday to general managers and personnel people on all 32 teams saying Olsen would be available”

    Huh? He sent an e-mail to the Bears too? lolwut

  2. toonsterwu says: Jul 28, 2011 3:44 PM

    I like the move to Spaeth from Manumaleuna. Spaeth is a better secondary receiving option, and his blocking ability is close to a healthy Manumaleuna’s.

  3. jutts says: Jul 28, 2011 3:57 PM

    If he sent that E-mail to all the teams , including the Bears. It was probably the talk of taking anything at all in return for Olson (who was a first rounder) that made the Bears to tell Rosenhouse “back up”.

  4. sfkforever says: Jul 28, 2011 3:57 PM

    HUH??? you mean the bears are going to sit with there thumbs up there butts and mess with TE???
    uh guys got get a WR please….thank you

  5. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 28, 2011 3:58 PM

    What do you suppose is Olsen’s going rate? 3rd round pick maybe?

    If we don’t re-sign Kevin Boss, I wouldn’t at all be opposed to having Olsen on the Giants.

  6. clayton43 says: Jul 28, 2011 3:58 PM

    Steelers fan… I wasnt really big on Spaeth.. was ok blocker but sure seemed like he dropped or didnt get to alot of balls thrown his way…Could be wrong but good luck!!

  7. richardmb52 says: Jul 28, 2011 3:58 PM

    allright, great that solves the bears wide receiver problem. not.

  8. chobes68 says: Jul 28, 2011 4:02 PM

    He probably had the all the GMs in an email list. Also could be a powerplay, Rosenhaus is famous for this, to get the Bears moving.

  9. grant444 says: Jul 28, 2011 4:11 PM

    The Steelers unwisely spent a 3rd round pick in ’07 for stiff Spaeth & he was best known for being cited for pissing in the parking lot of Heinz Field. Security at Soldier Field’s lot will be tight this fall!

  10. urlacherbacker says: Jul 28, 2011 4:13 PM

    Why in the world would we trade Olsen? His agent is just getting greedy for some more money. It wouldnt help the Bears at all.

  11. rodgerthat says: Jul 28, 2011 4:16 PM

    “Olsen’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, sent an e-mail at 7:56 p.m. Wednesday to general managers and personnel people on all 32 teams saying Olsen would be available”

    Huh? He sent an e-mail to the Bears too? lolwut
    Well of course…and it worked because the bears obviously were the first to respond.

  12. granadafan says: Jul 28, 2011 4:19 PM

    “The team will release Brandon Manumaleuna”

    Cost cutting move. Just think of the costs they’ll save in not having to shell out for all the letters to spell his name on the jerseys.

  13. comeonnowguys says: Jul 28, 2011 4:21 PM

    They just basically swapped blocking TE’s, no?

  14. rodgerthat says: Jul 28, 2011 4:27 PM

    Any team that doesnt have a Martz as one of their coaches would love this guy.

  15. Mike Tomlin says: Jul 28, 2011 4:27 PM

    This scouting report couldnt be more false.

    Spaeth was drafted to be a receiving TE. He was never a blocking TE. After the Steelers realized he cant catch, he was cut because in the end he couldnt do either. Heath Miller is considered a hybrid, but he was much better in both aspects. (See the Jets game).

    Spaeth is almost 7 feet tall how could he be a blocking-first TE?

  16. fastrichie says: Jul 28, 2011 4:32 PM

    Jerry Angelo hard at work I see …

    This guy is without question the WORST GM in the entire league!!!

  17. 28purple4mvp says: Jul 28, 2011 4:48 PM

    I know this is a bears thread but Did you know the packers won the superbowl!!!!!!!!

  18. asublimeday says: Jul 28, 2011 4:50 PM

    Manu leaving? Who cares?

    Olsen leaving is really bad news. Hope

  19. asublimeday says: Jul 28, 2011 4:54 PM

    Jerry jones and whoever Snyder has pretending to play gm are worse than Angelo

  20. 52sackmachine says: Jul 28, 2011 5:24 PM

    I heard that Olsen would love to play in Seattle. Don’t understand why?? Guess that is were all NFC North has beens go!!…

  21. ninjapleazee says: Jul 28, 2011 5:38 PM

    Wasn’t this one of Martz’s guys to replace Olsen.. next up is another one of Martz guys.. Chester Taylor… get a clue Angelo.. stop leaving the decision of players to Martz!

  22. Deb says: Jul 28, 2011 5:46 PM

    Spaeth never did much on the field for us in Pittsburgh and was a poor substitute when Miller was injured. Unfortunately, I remember him more for plays he didn’t make. But I do wish him luck with the Bears, and hope he finds his niche in Chicago.

  23. steelersf123 says: Jul 28, 2011 5:54 PM

    Love this move, simply because now the Steelers won’t be tempted to sign Spaeth back. He was really mediocre as a Steeler, and sealed the deal to not resign when he single handedly blew the game against the Jets while starting for an injured Heath Miller. The Steelers picked up the best recieving TE left in undrafted free agency Wesyle Saunders, and he alone will probably be an upgrade…and who knows who else they might sign to fill the backup TE role. There’s also David Johnson our starting FB who has proven he’s a better backup TE than Spaeth too. Glad to see Spaeth go. It was he, Randel El, and Fox who need to get the heck out of Pittsburgh!

  24. cup1981 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:54 PM

    I was really getting tired of seeing Spaeth in the Steelers lineup every Sunday. Us Steeler fans and the Steelers brass were enamored with his 6’7″ frame and his apparent ability to catch a lot of balls at Minnesota — hell he won the John Mackey Award in 2006.

    Little did the Steelers know that he was sluggish off the line, couldn’t get off a linebacker’s press and had cinder blocks for hands lol — even when the game is on the line.

    If the Steelers can dig up a decent blocking FB, that will free up David Johnson to move back to his natural TE position. DJ is a true receiving threat at TE.

    Good luck and good riddance Spaeth.

  25. maddogrob says: Aug 4, 2011 8:25 PM

    I think if a team is looking to protect the Quarterback and improve overall blocking without a lot of offensive linemen to pick up, adding a good blocking TE is a good move. Olsen was great and I am a huge fan but if these new receivers play well we won’t need a long fast TE to fill that role anymore. All I can do is hope for the best and hope Martz has a plan this year.

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