Bears, Mannelly agree to 1-year extension

The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract extension

with veteran long snapper Patrick Mannelly through 2013.

The team announced the deal Monday.

Mannelly holds the franchise record for games played (230) and

seasons (15). He is the only player from the 1998 draft still with

the team that picked him.

General manager Phil Emery said Mannelly ”epitomizes” what the

Bears are looking for in terms of ”excellence in performance and

great leadership.”

The Bears also waived receiver Dane Sanzenbacher on Monday. He

appeared in 20 games over two seasons with Chicago and had 28

catches for 283 yards.

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