Who knew Steve Maneri would be popular? Maneri, a tight end who played with the Kansas City Chiefs last season, is a free agent and multiple teams have shown interest in him, according to reports.
Steve Maneri is a wanted man ... by the Chicago Bears and Cincinnati Bengals. Not the police. So, that's good. Maneri, 24, was an exclusive rights free agent but the Kansas City Chiefs chose not to tender him, making him eligible to sign anywhere once free agency hit.
The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs reports that the Bears are showing interest in Maneri, who they see as a blocking tight end, and would likely replace Matt Spaeth, who signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Chicago Tribune report also states that the Bengals have shown interest in him, but that they've also been connected to tight end Kellen Davis.
Maneri was an undrafted free agent in 2010 with the Houston Texans. He spent some time with the New England Patriots before joining the Chiefs in 2011. Before the 2012 season, Maneri converted from offensive tackle to tight end and actually didn't look too bad doing it. He only had five receptions last season but he had enough athleticism that the switch to tight end made some sense.
The Chiefs have Tony Moeaki and Anthony Fasano at tight end. Moeaki is entering the final year of his deal while Fasano inked a four-year, $16 million contract, tying him to the Chiefs for at least a couple of years.