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Bears sign Mannelly, Toeaina to extensions

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The Bears signed ongsnapper Patrick Mannelly to a two-year contract extension on Monday and defensive tackle Matt Toeaina to a three-year deal. Terms were not disclosed.

Mannelly is one of the league's most reliable long-snappers and is the franchise's all-time leader in games played at 204.

"I'm excited I can continue playing for the Bears," Mannelly said in a statement released by the team. "With the way the season is going, it could be a chance for two more exciting years. I love the Bears. I've been here for 13 years. Chicago is my home and I didn't want to leave."

Toeania won increased playing time in training camp and has had a solid season.

"I got an opportunity and I had to make sure I took advantage of it--and I guess I did," Toeaina said in the same statement. "I'm looking forward to the next three years with the Bears. My family and I love it here in Chicago. We love the coaching staff, we love our teammates and we love the city."

Punter Brad Maynard's contract also expires after the season. The veteran said there have been no talks between team officials and his representatives about an extension.

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Both those guys play like a couple of eager kids every Sunday. I couldn't be happier for both they and the Bears. Maynard is getting a little long in tooth, but could have another year's tread on his tire. I'd try to sign him. If they don't sign him, they need to burn a late round draft choice on the position.

Hey, I know people have been on Maynard's case the last couple years, but he does the job. You don't think much about punters until they screw up. Ask Tom Coughlin how much he has enjoyed having an air-head rookie punter this year.

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