Just over two months after signing with Bears, OL Manny Ramirez retires

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Bears offensive lineman Manny Ramirez retired from the NFL on June 8th.

LAKE FOREST – If you’ve paid attention to the Bears over the last 18 months, fans might have thought this would be another happy reunion.

After all Manny Ramirez started 16 games for John Fox’s Broncos during the 2013 and 2014 seasons-the former of which included a trip to the Super Bowl. When the guard/center signed with the Bears this offseason after a season with the Lions, it appeared a successful reunion would be possible.

But the stay with Fox at this stop for Ramirez would be just a little over two months.

In a surprise move the offensive lineman decided to retire before beginning his tenth year in the NFL and his first with the Bears. Ramirez was officially placed on the Reserve/Retired list last Wednesday afternoon.

In the end Ramirez played nine seasons in the NFL after being drafted by Detroit out of Texas Tech in 2007. Ramirez four seasons with the Lions to start his career, starting 15 games. After being released early in the 2010 season, Ramirez moved to the Broncos where he also spent four seasons, this time starting 43 games in four seasons including all 16 in 2013 and 2014.

After being let go by Denver he returned to the Lions in 2015 where he played in all 16 games and made seven starts.

Ramirez was expected to compete for the left guard spot next to offensive tackle Charles Leno while also serving as a backup for Hroniss Grasu at center.

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