The Bears made roster moves on Christmas Eve, signing fifteen-year veteran long snapper Patrick Mannelly to a one-year contract extension, keeping him with the Bears through the 2013 season. Additionally, the team waived wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher, who was in his second season with the club.
Mannelly, who’s missed just five games throughout his 15-year career, Will turn 38 in April. Originally drafted by the Bears in the sixth-round of the 1998 NFL Draft, Mannelly is the franchise record holder in games played (230) and seasons played. He is the only player from the 1998 NFL Draft still with the team that selected him.
“I’m extremely pleased we were able to reach a one-year extension with Patrick Mannelly,” Bears’ general manager Phil Emery said. “He epitomizes what we’re looking for in a Chicago Bear: excellence in performance and great leadership.”
Sanzenbacher was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent out of Ohio State in 2011. He’s appeared in 20 games with one start over two seasons with the Bears, recording 28 receptions for 283 yards (10.1 YPR) and three touchdowns. In 2012, he appeared in four contests with a seven-yard reception.
The Bears now have one open roster spot on the active 53-man. It’s likely that they will sign a free agent at a position more in need of depth.