Bears long snapper Patrick Mannelly mulls retirement
BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter December 30, 2013 9:14PM
Updated: December 30, 2013 11:03PM
The longest-tenured player in Bears history is considering retirement.
Long snapper Patrick Mannelly said Monday he’s not sure he’ll return after finishing his 16th season.
‘‘I’m going to take some time off and kind of clear my head and figure out if I want to continue doing this,’’ Mannelly, 38, told the Sun-Times. ‘‘This is something I love. And then I want to just find out how much I do love it. Get away from it and kind of re-engage physically and everything and see where I go from there.’’
Mannelly, whose contract is up, missed two games this season with an injured right calf. He said he examines his health after every season.
‘‘This year’s a little different,’’ Mannelly said. ‘‘The end is near. ‘‘We’ll see. I’ll talk to my family. We’ve been talking, but a lot has to do with how my body feels.’’
He’ll talk with general manager Phil Emery, too.
‘‘I’ve told people, if it ended two years ago, I would shake the McCaskeys’ hands and say, ‘Thank you so much for an unbelievable career,’ ’’ Mannelly said. ‘‘If it ends in May, same thing. Doesn’t matter. It’s been 16 years longer than I ever thought I’d be doing this, so . . . when it ends, it’ll end. It was awesome.’’
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers got star treatment when defensive end Shea McClellin was called for an unnecessary-roughness penalty against him in the second quarter Sunday, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said on his radio show.
Cutler was asked whether a flag would have been thrown if he had been the victim of the same hit.
‘‘Wouldn’t have been close to a flag,’’ he said.
Cutler said he didn’t play well enough in the loss to the Packers. Asked about his 1-9 record against the Bears’ archrivals, he said: ‘‘It is what it is. I wish it was better.’’
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Tight end Martellus Bennett said he hopes to persuade Emery to sign his free agent-to-be brother, Michael, who has 8½ sacks this season for the Seattle Seahawks.
† The team signed 11 players to reserve/future contracts: long snapper Brandon Hartson, cornerback C.J. Wilson, cornerback Demontre Hurst, tight end Fendi Onobun, quarterback Jerrod Johnson, linebacker Lawrence Wilson, offensive tackle Rogers Gaines, safety Sean Cattouse, wide receiver Terrence Toliver, defensive tackle Tracy Robertson and tight end Zach Miller.