The Chicago Bears have gotten their first order of business out of the way, working to clear the deck for the big signing that is expected later today.
Tight end Brandon Manumaleuna has agreed to terms on a five-year contract and arrived at O’Hare International Airport this morning after a red eye flight from Los Angeles. He will sign the contract, brokered by agent Paul Sheehy, after passing a physical.
It’s a perfect fit for new offensive coordinator Mike Martz, who brought the 6-2, 295-pounder into the league with the St. Louis Rams in 2001. Manumaluna, 30, will be a perfect complement to Greg Olsen, perhaps a compromise for Martz, who prefers blocking tight ends.
Julius Peppers and his agent Carl Carey and running back Chester Taylor and his agent Ken Sarnoff are expected to arrive soon. The Bears are expected to sign Peppers, who will be accompanied to town by coach Lovie Smith, and a deal could be in place for Taylor soon.
“We have a chance to get a lot of good guys,” Manumaleuna said. “And make a good run for it.”
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