The Chicago Bears hosted veteran offensive lineman Manny Ramirez yesterday for a free-agent visit. That meeting went well, as the team has signed Ramirez to a one-year contract.
Ramirez was 2007 fourth-round pick of the Detroit Lions. He spent his first four years in the NFL with the Lions, then his next four years with the Denver Broncos, playing under current Bears head coach John Fox.
Ramirez signed a one-year deal with the Lions last season.
The 33-year-old has experience at both guard and center, although he's been most effective at guard during his nine-year career.
The Bears made a similar move last off-season when they signed Will Montgomery, another experienced veteran who had played under Fox in Denver.
With Ramirez on board, the Bears now have veteran depth at the guard positions, as well as a player who can push second-year center Hroniss Grasu, who struggled during his rookie season in 2015.
He dealt with injuries during his time in Detroit but Ramirez has been healthy of late, having missed just one regular season game in the past four years combined.