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Friday, March 05, 2010

Bears agree to deal with Manumaleuna

Brandon Manumaleuna will join the Chicago Bears who have roster laden with Polynesians including Al Afalava, Johan Asiata, Khalil Bell, Olin Kreutz, Will Ta'ufo'ou, and Matt Toeaina.

CHICAGO -- Former San Diego Chargers tight end Brandon Manumaleuna confirmed he has agreed to terms on a five-year contract with the Bears.

The 30-year-old veteran, who played for Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz in St. Louis, is known primarily for his blocking ability.

"[Reuniting with Martz] was a big reason," Manumaleuna said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "I'm familiar with coach [Lovie] Smith. It just seemed like a good fit.

"I just know [Smith] as a good guy, real knowledgeable about the game. So far he's been pretty successful."

Adding another tight end to the mix may force the Bears to trim a member of the current group. However, Desmond Clark will pick up a $475,000 bonus for being on the 80-man roster Friday, so if the Bears were going to release Clark, it stands to reason the move would have occurred before the start of the new league year.

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