Source: Bears, Texans in lead for TE Maneri

March, 18, 2013
3/18/13
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears and Houston Texans are the frontrunners to land former Kansas City Chiefs blocking tight end Steve Maneri, a league source told ESPNChicago.com.

The Chicago Tribune first reported the Bears' interest in Maneri.

Maneri started eight games and played over 400 snaps for the Chiefs last season.

The Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys have also expressed interest in the 6-foot-6, 280-pound tight end, but the Bears and Texans have been the most aggressive suitors, the source said.

Maneri, a college teammate with Bears second-year tight end Evan Rodriguez at Temple University, did not receive an exclusive rights free agent tender from the Chiefs.

The Bears are looking to replace blocking tight end Matt Spaeth who signed a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday after visiting the Bengals last week. Another ex-Bears tight end Kellen Davis is now believed to be under consideration by the Bengals, who are clearly interested in adding a blocking tight end in free agency.

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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