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April 21, 2006

Bears make offer to Manning

With the clocking ticking closer to the midnight deadline for signing restricted free agents to offer sheets, the Chicago Bears have made a contract proposal to Panthers cornerback Ricky Manning.

But it's going to take a big increase in what the Bears are offering or a change in Manning's demands for something to happen before the deadline. According to sources close to the situation, the two sides remain far apart on details of the contract.

Chicago's current offer may average about the same or less than the $712,000 Manning would earn next season if he stays with the Panthers. Manning would become an unrestricted free agent after next season.

The sources said Manning wants Chicago to sweeten its offer to include escalators that would significantly increase his pay if he ends up winning a starting job. The Bears made their offer after a meeting that spilled over into the early hours of this morning.

The Chicago front office had been hesitant to make an offer to Manning, but the coaching staff persisted. A compromise was reached and the Bears decided to make a relatively low offer.

Posted by Observer Sports on April 21, 2006 at 02:21 PM | Permalink


Thank you, Chicago. Having made an offer to Manning, and with Manning accepting, we shall rid ourselves of a player who only occasionally was in the right place at the right time, and more often than not carried the faint aroma of burnt toast each time he left field. Not to mention he can't tackle, either.

Posted by: I'm not John Fox | Apr 22, 2006 12:16:29 PM

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