The NFL’s two one-loss teams have at least one thing in common: Safety Danieal Manning has played for both of them.
And when the Texans travel to Soldier Field on Sunday night, Manning will face the Chicago Bears for the first time.
Via Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle, Manning views the Bears as any other team.
“I’ve never experienced this before,” Manning said. “Right now, it’s not personal. I’m treating them like I did the beginning of the season when we opened up with Miami. This is Miami.”
The Bears made Manning a second-round draft pick in 2006. He signed with the Texans in 2011.
“They made an offer, they really did, but not a fair value offer in my opinion,” Manning said of the Bears. “I didn’t think it was fair enough to me and what I’ve done for that team. But in all honesty, they feel like it was the best deal for them, they’re going to do what’s best for them and I feel like I’m doing what’s best for me.”
Ganguli points out that Manning used the phrase “go back home,” but then stopped himself. Maybe that has something to do with the fact that he eventually sold his Chicago home at a loss of more than $200,000.
A four-year, $20 million contract goes a long way toward healing that wound. Beating the Bears on Sunday night would surely help, too.