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Bears waiting on snapper Patrick Mannelly to decide future
The most tenured Bears player of all time still hasn’t told the team whether he’ll return.
Organized team activities and a mandatory minicamp has come and gone, and the Bears are still waiting to hear from long snapper Patrick Mannelly about whether he will return from offseason hip surgery or retire.
The Bears have used former CFL snapper Chad Rempel and Houston grad Brandon Hartson at snapper.
“I’ve got all the respect in the world for (Mannelly),” special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis said. “Like I said the last time, whatever decision he makes is going to be the best for him and his family and we have to make the same type of decision for the Bears.
“And the two guys that have been working here have done a great job in the offseason.
“We still have to see how it’s all going to work out and how it’s going to pan out.”
Asked if he’d like Mannelly to make a decision before the team leaves for Bourbonnais on July 23, DeCamillis was non-committal.
“Again, it’s really going to be a situation where Pat’s comfortable and we’re comfortable,” he said. “People say deadlines — I don’t know if there’s a deadline, to be honest with you.
“I just know we want to do what’s best for Pat and we want to do what’s also best for the Bears.”