SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Running back Danny Woodhead #39 of the San Diego Chargers is tackled by free safety Danieal Manning #38 of the Houston Texans in the second quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on September 9, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
The Bengals today signed free agent S Danieal (“dan-YELL”) Manning, a ninth-year NFL player for 2014.
Manning (5-11, 212; Abilene Christian) played the last three seasons for Houston, having joined the Texans as an unrestricted free agent after five seasons with Chicago. He was a second-round Bears draft choice in 2006.
He has 112 career NFL games played, with 91 starts, and he also has appeared in nine playoff games (all starts). His postseason action includes a start for Chicago as a rookie in Super Bowl XLI vs. Indianapolis (’06 season). His regular-season totals include 521 tackles, 11 interceptions, nine forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and two blocked field goals. He also has a 26.8-yard average on 116 career kickoff returns. He has 42 tackles in postseason play, and his one postseason interception came against the Bengals in the 2011 season playoffs.
Manning played in 106 of a possible 112 regular-season games over his first seven seasons. Last year with Houston, he started the first six games but suffered a season-ending knee injury on Oct. 13 vs. St. Louis. He was released to free agency by the Texans on Monday of this week.