Steve Maneri
Maneri in the 2011 NFL season.
No. 87     Chicago Bears
Tight End
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-03-20) March 20, 1988 (age 33)
Place of birth: Saddle Brook, New Jersey
High School: Saddle Brook (NJ)
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Weight: 280 lb (127 kg)
Career information
College: Temple
Undrafted in 2010
Debuted in 2010 for the New England Patriots
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Third-team All-MAC (2009)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Receiving Yards     52
Receiving Avg     8.7
Receiving TDs     0
Stats at

Steve Maneri (born March 20, 1988) is an American football tight end for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He was signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played college football at Temple.

He has also played for the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs.

Early years

Maneri attended Saddle Brook High/Middle School in Saddle Brook, New Jersey, graduating in 2006. He played varsity basketball for three years, earning all-county honors as well as being named to the Bergen-Passaic Scholastic League Carpenter Division first-team in his junior and senior seasons. Maneri played one season of football as a tight end, making 36 catches for 607 yards and five touchdowns as a senior, earning Bergen Record second-team All-North Jersey honors. He was coached in football at Saddle Brook by & National Underclassmen Combine founder David Schuman.

College career

Following high school, Maneri attended Temple University, playing in ten games at tight end as a true freshman in 2006. He had six catches on the season for 61 yards and two touchdowns. He played in 13 games in 2007, starting three. In 2008, as a junior, Maneri started 9 of 12 games, recording 14 receptions for 150 yards and four touchdowns. In his senior season in 2009, Maneri started all 13 games at tight end, finishing the season with 12 receptions for 134 yards and two touchdowns, earning third-team All-Mid-American Conference honors.[1]

Professional career

Houston Texans

After going undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft, Maneri signed with the Houston Texans as an offensive tackle. He was waived by the team during final cuts on September 4, 2010.

New England Patriots

Maneri was claimed off waivers by the New England Patriots on September 5, 2010. He was waived on September 27, 2010, after being inactive for the first three games of the season. He was then re-signed to the team's practice squad on September 29. He was re-signed to a future contract for the 2011 season on January 20, 2011. He was waived on September 4.[2] [3]

Kansas City Chiefs

On September 5, he was claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Chiefs. During the 2012 offseason, his position was changed to Tight End.[4]

Chicago Bears

On March 21, 2013, Maneri signed a two-year deal with the Chicago Bears.[5] [6] [7] [8] [9]


  1. Tatum, Kevin. "Owls football gains 3 more commitments", The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 19, 2006. Accessed December 13, 2012. "The latest players to cast their lots with Temple are third-team all-state linebacker Andre Neblett of Rahway High (N.J.), tight end Steve Maneri of Saddle Brook High (N.J.), and offensive lineman John Palumbo of Queen of Peace in North Arlington, N.J."
  2. Reiss, Mike (2010-09-05). "Patriots add tackle Steve Maneri". Retrieved 2010-09-05.
  3. Reiss, Mike (2010-09-27). "Patriots waive OT Maneri". Retrieved 2010-09-27.
  4. Wilson, Aaron. "Chiefs shift Maneri to tight end". Retrieved 2012-02-16.
  5. Florio, Mike (2013-03-21). "Bears sign tight end Steve Maneri". Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  6. Mayer, Larry (2013-03-21). "Steve Maneri excited to join bears". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  7. Biggs, Brad (2013-03-21). "Chicago Bears sign TE Maneri". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  8. Koeske, Zak (2013-03-22). "Saddle Brook Native Signs with Chicago Bears". Retrieved 2013-03-22.
  9. Biggs, Brad (2013-03-25). "Dollars and Sense:Chicago Bears Invest in Maneri". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-03-25.

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