Chicago Bears Stay or Go: Sherrick McManis
Should the Chicago Bears extend Sherrick McManis or move on from the veteran?
It seems crazy but Sherrick McManis has been on the Chicago Bears since 2012. Not many would assume that, but through coaches, GMs, and quarterbacks, McManis has been there. Now, he is entering free agency once again.
At age 33, the career of Sherrick McManis is starting to come to a close. Should the Chicago Bears extend him to virtually ensure he will retire a Bear, or should they let him walk in free agency?
To this day he remains a core special teamer. He runs every unit of teams and has been their top special teamer for years. You do not lose that ability, and McManis has not lost a step on special teams. Beyond that, he moved from corner to safety already. The Bears do not need him at corner, but they are short on depth at safety. Deon Bush is a free agent and would be a more expensive special teams presence. Perhaps they stick with McManis, who is younger and cheaper.
He is still a special teams helper, but even there is role is slowing down. DeAndre Houston-Carson plays more special teams snaps overall. Beyond that, he is not going to see the defensive field. With just 27 snaps in 2020, that may be his high moving forward. DHC and Deon Bush both saw defensive snaps over him, and he needed a Bush injury to see the field.
McManis is valuable for his special teams presence, but the question is how far does that go? If he is no longer the top teamer and is the fifth safety at best, does he really serve a purpose?
McManis is 33 years old and had a good run. It is time for the Chicago Bears to move on. There is a serious question as to whether or not McManis would even find a job by the start of next season if the Bears do not offer him a new deal.