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Bears re-sign Sherrick McManis, plan visit with Akiem Hicks

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 14: Sherrick McManis #27 of the Chicago Bears walks to the huddle during a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Soldier Field on August 14, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.  The Bears defeated the Jaguars 20-19. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Getty Images

Defensive back Sherrick McManis paid a visit to the Patriots on Thursday, but he won’t be playing in New England during the 2016 season.

The Bears announced on Thursday night that McManis is returning to the team on a two-year deal. McManis joined the Bears in an August 2012 trade with the Texans and has been in the lineup 55 times over the last four seasons.

McManis has made five starts over that period, four of them coming last season, but most of his work has come on special teams. He led the team with 17 special teams tackles last season and will likely continue to be a prominent member of those units.

McManis’ visit to New England didn’t result in a contract, but there’s a chance that the Bears could sign a player away from the Patriots this week. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that defensive lineman Akiem Hicks will visit the Bears on Friday.

The Patriots acquired Hicks in a trade with the Saints last year and he gave them 21 tackles and three sacks in 13 games as a useful part of the defensive line rotation. He was originally a 2012 third-round pick by the Saints, who employed Bears General Manager Ryan Pace at the time.

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5 Responses to “Bears re-sign Sherrick McManis, plan visit with Akiem Hicks”
  1. bassplucker says: Mar 11, 2016 8:51 AM

    McMannis, meh. He is brutal as a DB, was passable on special teams but as bad as that ST unit looked for a lot last year so I’m not sure continuity is exactly what you want there, either.

    Hicks is the biggest must-get IMO now having landed Trevathan. Need a beast up front to keep blockers off of Danny and if we can get Hicks that pretty much allows us to go any direction with our 1st round pick rather than locking in to a 5-technique cause we’ve got nobody else. If and Trevathan is our Navarro Bowman and we can get Hicks as our Justin Smith, Vic Fangio and the Bears D is on its way.

  2. ninjapleazee says: Mar 11, 2016 8:55 AM

    Secondary help wouldn’t be a bad idea.

  3. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 11, 2016 9:21 AM

    Would love to see the Pat retain this guy.

  4. Ghost of Troy Williamson says: Mar 11, 2016 9:28 AM

    Never heard of this guy. You would think he would have tried to escape Chicago when he had the chance.

  5. iowamiah says: Mar 11, 2016 9:47 AM

    “If and Trevathan is our Navarro Bowman and we can get Hicks as our Justin Smith, Vic Fangio and the Bears D is on its way.”

    Those are pretty big “Ifs”. I’m all for seeing Fangio bringing the success he had in SF to Chicago, but Bowman and Smith are/were studs and they sustained dominance for years.

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