We all saw this coming.
Today veteran CB Ricky Manning Jr. was released by the Chicago Bears.
“Getting released was more emotional for my wife than me,” Manning Jr said.
“She was a little upset that they said I was a part of the program, then they released me this late in the process when it could have been done a while ago. That would have made things easier for my family.”
Manning Jr. signed with the Bears as a restricted free agent in 2006 off-season.
In two seasons with the Bears, Ricky Manning Jr. appeared in 31 games with 11 starts.
Manning Jr. had 106 tackles, three sacks and five interceptions in his time with the Bears.
Manning Jr. had no interceptions last season, while playing nickel-back with the Bears D.
All five interceptions made my him, came in the Super Bowl season.
Manning Jr. was a third round pick out of UCLA, by the Carolina Panthers.
He had 168 tackles and nine interceptions in his three seasons with Carolina.
Ricky skipped practice this morning, showing his displeasure towards the team.
He wants an opportunity to play as a starter, but with his stats from last year he might not have a chance.
Hopefully Manning Jr. will get a shot somewhere, he was very good in the Bears Super Bowl season.
Detroit, New Orleans, Tampa Bay and Cleveland have said to have interest in Manning Jr.
People look at this move like the Chris Harris trade last off-season, which was terrible, but the Bears have plenty of CB’s.
They not only have Nathan Vasher and Charles Tillman, but they have Corey Graham, who is looking good and Trumaine McBride, who started in place of Vasher last season, due to injury.
The Bears defense will be fine, remember they didn’t blitz at all in the Niners game.
This is what coach Lovie Smith had to say about the performance “Well, it’s still a preseason game. Do you not feel the same way? It’s a preseason game. You don’t want to play that bad obviously, but we did. We know what we need to correct, and we’ll do it. Come the Indy game, you won’t see that defense, I’ll tell you.”
They don’t want to give away any plays for the other teams in the league.