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Bears sign offensive lineman Manny Ramirez

Manny Ramirez AP

The Bears are adding some veteran depth on their offensive line.

Manny Ramirez, who can play both guard and center, signed with Chicago today, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.

Last year Ramirez played in all 16 games for the Lions, starting seven. Detroit acquired him in a 2015 draft-day trade from Denver, where he had started all 16 games two years in a row for the Broncos. In Denver he played for Bears head coach John Fox and Bears offensive line coach Dave Magazu.

The 33-year-old Ramirez could compete with Hroniss Grasu for the starting center spot, and if he loses that competition he’d provide depth at both center and guard.

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20 Responses to “Bears sign offensive lineman Manny Ramirez”
  1. td30 says: Mar 30, 2016 2:42 PM

    you mean the guy who snapped the ball into space in the first play of the super bowl?

  2. intelligent cement says: Mar 30, 2016 2:48 PM

    I think he was rated in the top five at his position last year. Good signing (again), Pace.

  3. bassplucker says: Mar 30, 2016 2:50 PM

    For certain this means Ducasse or Omameh are on the way out. Maybe both.

    The question is, is he an upgrade over Will Montgomery if Grasu doesn’t prove himself ready for primetime this season?

  4. billmiller1991 says: Mar 30, 2016 2:52 PM

    They like him as a swing player. He can go at guard or center. This is a nice pickup by Pace.

  5. loserslovetobringupcapgate says: Mar 30, 2016 2:57 PM

    He’s got a future as a Loooooooong snapper!


    Peyton Manning, Super Bowl 48

  6. tedmurph says: Mar 30, 2016 3:00 PM

    Great hitter, but I thought he retired.

  7. boogerhut says: Mar 30, 2016 3:15 PM

    Geeeze Fox, trying to build the same team that couldn’t get it done? Look inwards for answers John.

  8. imthedudedude says: Mar 30, 2016 3:26 PM

    He will be riding the bench or looking for a new job by November

  9. snowdood163 says: Mar 30, 2016 3:38 PM

    Fox’s next priority: sign Peyton manning.

  10. jojopuppyfish says: Mar 30, 2016 3:44 PM

    Will Montgomery is very good and I hope he’s coming back

  11. RogerGoodell✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ says: Mar 30, 2016 4:21 PM

    intelligent cement says:
    Mar 30, 2016 2:48 PM
    I think he was rated in the top five at his position last year. Good signing (again), Pace.


    Correct, ProFootballFocus had him rated the 4th best center in the NFL last year. The Bears now have Slauson who can play guard/center, Long who can play Guard/Tackle, and Ramirez who can play guard/center. This versatility will allow the bears to carry fewer o-linemen and free up a roster spot for an extra skill position player.

  12. shaggytoodle says: Mar 30, 2016 4:29 PM

    Sure they guy is known for that play in the SB, but all in all he plays well, and as stated when you have a players that can play several spots on the line in creates oppurtunities to carry else where, I was guessing WR with White’s skills and production being unknown.

  13. bassplucker says: Mar 30, 2016 5:19 PM

    This versatility will allow the bears to carry fewer o-linemen and free up a roster spot for an extra skill position player.
    Or an extra pass rusher.

  14. contra74 says: Mar 30, 2016 6:50 PM

    They should have signed Eddie Lacy. he would be an instant starter on the o line.

  15. ionlyrootforthewinningteam says: Mar 30, 2016 7:04 PM

    Pace was on pace (no pun intended) signing younger guys, 33 makes me a little skeptical, but I guess this guy brings some good depth. Grasu is too small, but needs more work and time so this will help. The O-line should be addressed in the draft along with the secondary and edge rushers.

    Elliot would be a nice pick up if he made it to the 11th.

    Langford and Elliot would be a ridiculous one, two punch at the RB position!

  16. frank booth says: Mar 30, 2016 9:09 PM

    I thought it was a bit dumb that people would criticize the Bears and Fox for bringing in players from a Super Bowl team. Then I saw the same recycled, unoriginal Eddie Lacy joke from a Viking fan, where stupidity is the norm.

    Anyway, Grasu just isn’t powerful enough, and I don’t know how he can solve that problem.

    I don’t think the best use of a first round pick would be to draft a running back in the first round. They have so many more needs, especially in the defensive backfield. I’m hoping Hargreaves falls to them or they trade in order to move down and grab a CB later in the first round.

  17. vikingforlife says: Mar 31, 2016 8:38 AM

    Wait a second, I thought you guys were all about “young” players? And further more, a Lions cast-off? All you do is beat down the Lions?? Make up your minds people. Every signing is “brilliant” according to all of you. We will see. I really don’t think so, but we will see. I have absolutely nothing against these players, but the fans, well, their hypocrisy is another story…..

  18. rlpftt says: Mar 31, 2016 10:45 AM

    The guy is not a good OL, but then again, the Bears aren’t good, so it’s a good sign for the Bears.

  19. twelsh36446 says: Mar 31, 2016 7:39 PM

    As bad as Detroit’s offensive line was last year Manny is the only guy that’s still not there. Wonder why hahahahahaha suckers.

  20. twelsh36446 says: Mar 31, 2016 7:41 PM

    He was rated in the negative 300 range Not 5%. These bears fans pump themselves up with BS every year.

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