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Report: Bears, Kreutz only $500K apart

Posted on: July 31, 2011 10:54 am
Edited on: July 31, 2011 4:15 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Bears and free agent C Olin Kreutz still haven’t come to an agreement on a new contract, and apparently, the two sides are only $500,000 apart.

That’s the word from the Chicago Tribune, which writes that the Bears have offered Kreutz a one-year deal worth $4 million while Kreutz is seeking $4.5 million.

KreutzDoesn’t sound like a big difference, does it? Especially when you consider Kreutz is a long-time emotional leader on the team and word is that real damage could be done to the team’s psyche if Chicago doesn’t retain his services (not to mention that G Roberto Garza -- who has one career start at center -- might have to slide over if Kreutz doesn’t return).

The paper reports that the Bears initially offered a one-year, $3 million deal while Kreutz’s agent countered with $5 million. Chicago apparently refuses to go above the $4 million mark, and because of that, writer Brad Biggs wonders if there’s a divide between the coaching staff and the front office (the assumption here being that coach Lovie Smith would give Kreutz the extra $500,000).

One team source called the situation a “ticking time bomb,” which certainly doesn’t sound like a positive development. Particularly when, according to Biggs, there were at least six botched snaps at Saturday’s practice.

UPDATED (4:13 p.m. ET): It's been reported that the Bears have signed former Seahawks C Chris Spencer. This means Kreutz is done in Chicago.

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Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2011 2:35 pm

Report: Bears, Kreutz only $500K apart

This is a tricky one for the Chicago Bears.  To the everyday layman, 500K seems like just a small amount with all of the mega contracts being awarded (I laugh when I hear that Peyton Manning "only" took 90 mil).  The problem with Kreutz is that he really sucks anymore.  He got beat up time and time again last year and was one of the reasons why the Bears' line sucked for the better part of the first 10 games. However, he is a team leader.  He is vocal and not afraid to put teammates in their place.  Kreutz is well liked and well respected in the locker room and with the media.  Is he worth 4.5 million as a player?  Not anymore, not even close.  Is he worth it as a leader and a mentor to the young linemen in the group?  Probably.  The Bears' biggest problem is that they don't have a backup plan at this stage.  Their is no one else who can play there.  I would suck it up for one more year and make finding his replacement a top priority for 2012.  If a trade becomes available, go for it.  Maybe that is why they are stalling now.  I think the Bears have done a good job addressing some needs and building some depth, problem is that all the other teams in the division seem to be looking better too!

Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2011 2:33 pm

Report: Bears, Kreutz only $500K apart

It would be nice to see Kreutz back in a Bear's uniform again, hopefully both sides will give a little and get this deal done.  Olin is still a great leader even though his skills have gone down over the last couple years.

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 12:54 pm

Report: Bears, Kreutz only $500K apart

     I would be very surprised if the Bears don't eventually sign Kreutz.  He has been a rock of stability at the center position for a long time.

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 12:54 pm

Report: Bears, Kreutz only $500K apart

yeah my boss and i are only $50 bucks apart.

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