After 16 Seasons, Bears Long Snapper Patrick Mannelly to retire

Patrick Mannelly, the most tenured Chicago Bears player in team history, has decided to retire after 16 seasons.

Mannelly, 39, will annouce his retirement today, per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.

A captain for the last six seasons, Mannelly is the only Bears player to play more than 14 seasons with the team. He played 245 games in all — well ahead of Olin Kreutz and Steve McMichael, who are tied for second with 191 appearances, according to ProFootballTalk.

A sixth-round draft pick out of Duke in 1998, Mannelly was the only one of the 241 players selected in that draft still active last season with the club that drafted him, according to Biggs.

Potential replacements for Mannelly include CFL veteran Chad Rempel and Brandon Hartson, who the team had in training camp last summer.

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