April 21, 2006
Bears interest in Manning heats up
Although recent indications were the Chicago Bears weren't going to make an offer to Panthers restricted free agent Ricky Manning, that may have changed late last night. According to Chicago sources, Bears officials met late last night and into this morning to talk about a potential deal for Manning.
The Bears will have to tip their hand soon. They have until midnight to sign Manning to an offer sheet. If an offer sheet is signed, the Panthers would have seven days to match it. If the Panthers decline to match, they would receive Chicago's third-round pick in this year's draft as compensation.
If Chicago makes the offer, it's expected to be a fairly conventional deal because Bears general manager doesn't believe in using the "poison pill'' clauses that have become popular with other teams.
Manning, Carolina's third cornerback last season, met with Bears officials last week.
Posted by Observer Sports on April 21, 2006 at 12:09 PM | Permalink
The Panthers have got to hope that Chicago makes an offer. They want the draft pick. Remember late last season when Carolina put Chris Gamble back on the field the play after he came off injured, risking (and provoking) a penalty for not removing him for one play? They didn't want Manning on the field! They're satisfied with Reggie Howard as the nickelback and would be elated to hold an additional 3rd rounder.
Posted by: David | Apr 21, 2006 12:51:29 PM
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