It is being reported the Chicago Bears have parted ways with FB Tyler Clutts, trading him to the Houston Texans for CB Sherrick McManis. The team has not yet confirmed the trade.
Clutts made the club last year after stints in the CFL, AFL and UFL. He is a throwback lead blocker who can lay the lumber, yet he's limited on offense. He's not much of a pass catcher and has never had an NFL carry. He had 8 catches last season for 84 yards and a fumble.
Clutts was a good fit in former coordinator Mike Martz's scheme. Yet new OC Mike Tice likes to employ H-backs, or F-backs as he calls them, as his lead blockers. Clutts did not fit into that role and was set to be released before the Bears pulled off the trade.
McManis (6-1, 195) is a third-year player who was drafted in the fifth round of the 2010 draft. He played collegiate ball at Northwestern, where he was a first-team All-Big Ten honoree his senior season.
McManis has never started an NFL game but he provides veteran depth to a position that was lacking in talent. The club drafted two cornerbacks in this year's draft -- Isaiah Frey in the sixth round, Greg McCoy in the seventh -- yet neither panned out in the preseason. Both awill be waived today, although Frey will likely be signed to the practice squad.
McManis has mainly played special teams during his career and blocked a field goal in Houston's preseason opener.
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