The Bears have signed long snapper Chad Rempel to a three-year deal, reports Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune (via Twitter). This is coming off earlier news (via Biggs’ Twitter) that the team had hosted Rempel and fellow long snapper Brad Madison for a workout. In another tweet, Biggs adds that the signing has no impact on the status of long-time Bears long snapper Patrick Mannelly, who will make a decision on his return from hip surgery in the upcoming months. The Bears also have Brandon Hartson on their roster, giving the team plenty of options should Mannelly decide to retire.
Rempel had bounced around the Canadian Football League since 2004, including a stint with the Montreal Alouettes where he played under current Bears head coach Marc Trestman. The 31-year-old’s best statistical season came in 2009 with the Toronto Argonauts, when he caught nine passes for 76 yards. Rempel also had 70 career special team tackles.
The Alberta-native also participates in bobsledding, a sport in which he won the Canadian four-man bobsled championship in 2009.