Bears add versatile Manny Ramirez to their offensive line
CHICAGO – Never underestimate the power of the snap-or the amount of people on a team that can pull it off.
The Bears found that out last season.
Due to injuries three different players stepped in a center during the 2015 season. Will Montgomery was the expected starter but a season-ending injury against the Raiders in early October took him out. Matt Slauson moved over from guard to fill in at times and rookie Hroniss Grasu was pressed into action as well.
Now John Fox has another guy in the fold who could snap for the Bears should they need it. In fact he could head to Bourbonnais competing for the spot.
That’s Manny Ramirez, who comes to the Bears on a one-year contract signed on Wednesday. In two stints with the Lions and one with the Broncos he’s show the versatility which the could come in handy for the team.
Ramirez has started 26 games at center, 24 at right guard and 15 at left guard in his career. He had three starts at right guard along with two at left guard and center in 2015 in Detroit.
With that versatility, Ramirez will likely see a lot of time on an offensive line that’s in a bit of flux at the center position. It’s preferred that Slauson remain at left guard and Montgomery has still yet to be signed after his one-year deal expired after the season. Grasu is in his second year and is still developing physically into an NFL center so Ramirez could factor into the Bears’ plans at that position.
Right guard could have been an option for the nine-year veteran but the signing of tackle Bobby Massie has put Kyle Long back at that position full-time. Ramirez figures to backup both guard spots if he doesn’t end up the man snapping the ball to Jay Cutler in the fall.