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Kreutz, Bears break up for good

Posted on: July 31, 2011 10:10 pm
KreutzPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Earlier today, we told you about the difference in opinion between the Bears and longtime Chicago C Olin Kreutz about how much he was worth. The Bears had offered him a one-year, $4 million deal. Kreutz wanted $4.5 million, and if possible, a longer term than just one season.

Ultimately, with the signing of former Seahawks C Chris Spencer (which you could see right here in our free agent tracker!!!), the Bears made their decision, saying goodbye to Kreutz and possibly upsetting the chemistry of the locker room.

After the decision, GM Jerry Angelo called it “disappointing,” but he also said it wasn’t only about the half-million dollar difference.

“It goes beyond ($500,000),” Angelo said. “There’s more to it than just the dollar signs. It’s a big puzzle and you just can’t focus on one piece. It doesn’t work that way. It has to come together and we have a lot of things happening at a very fast pace. We didn’t have two months to draw things out, to be patient. We have to move now.”

There was also some speculation earlier about how the decision to send Kreutz on his way might be a rift between the coaching staff – which apparently loves Kreutz -- and the front office.

Reese, though, didn’t like hearing about that theory.

“I resent the fact that something was written that said there is a divide,” Angelo said. “Regardless of what anybody says, that’s not true. That’s a lie and it’s fabricated and I resented that when I read that. That to me was dirty pool. We talk about everything. Do we agree on everything? Absolutely not. You don’t agree on everything with your wife. How I’m going to agree with 18 coaches and 15 scouts? It doesn’t work that way.

“But at the end of the day, we’ve got to make a decision and we all agree on one thing, once we make a decision, we’re all for it. We’re going to make it work. That’s what teams do. So we talk through it. Very difficult. Things were said. We weighed them. We did the best. We had an offer. We bumped our offer. We did the very best we could. So now we’re going to just let t he chips fall where they may and we’re going to move forward.”

This might end up leading to Kreutz -- who’s been in the league for 13 years, all with the Bears, and is a six-time Pro Bowler -- possibly ending his career.

“Jerry has been good to me too. He’s given me a lot of money and I’ve been there a long time,” Kreutz told the Tribune in this story. “It felt like maybe it was time to move on. I just got that feeling. If I was right, if I was wrong, if the offer was fair. I have enough money. So the offer wasn’t a big hurdle for me. It was a feel I had, just maybe they wanted to move on no matter what the offer was.

“At this point in my career, the offer of money is not a big deal to me. It’s just a feel I had. I don’t want to taint anyone. Both sides have won since I’ve been here. I’ve won. They’ve treated me good. They’ve given me everything I’ve asked for and I think I’ve played my ass off for them.”

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Since: Jun 20, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2011 11:13 am

Kreutz, Bears break up for good

The Bears like any business keep moving along, at some point Kreutz was going to retire, better to get this line going in the right direction with new personnel.  Its time to turn the corner, and I do not think there are anyt hard feelings anywhere, but if there were who cares.  Bears need a line and its time to get started putting it together.

Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2011 11:03 am

Kreutz, Bears break up for good

I agree with moochpuppy. I think the team chemistry is overblown. It might even improve team chemistry. No one can argue with success.


Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2011 11:02 am

Kreutz, Bears break up for good

It is sad that Chicago has the WORST GM's (aside from the Blackhawks) in all of professional sports.
Pretty sad that as a Chicago Sports Fan, you don't pay attention at all! Unbelievable.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2011 10:07 am

Kreutz, Bears break up for good

Kreutz, you will be missed by all Bears fans.  Thanks for the years of great work, leadership, and fire.

It is sad that Chicago has the WORST GM's (aside from the Blackhawks) in all of professional sports.  How Jerry Angelo STILL has a job is beyond belief.

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2011 9:03 am

Kreutz, Bears break up for good

The Bears really needed Kreutz for one more season to help the line gel. He was the anchor, and the unit's leader. He could have helped Carimi a great deal, and then passed the torch onto the next leader of the O-line. But there was some animosity between the Bears and Kreutz. Nobody would say it publicly. This was not about $500K. I think Kreutz felt disrespected. He wanted a 2-year deal, and the Bears still could have released him after this season. It would have been a nice gesture before Kreutz retired after this season. He probably would have taken a 2-year deal at $4 mil per season with no guaranteed money the second year. Everybody would have been happy. That is, unless the Bears just wanted to make it look like they wanted to sign the guy (looks good to the fans), but were really hoping he would not take their offer and leave.

Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: August 1, 2011 8:45 am

Kreutz, Bears break up for good

While Kreutz has been a great player for the Bears you also have to look at the facts.  This guys is going to be 34 years old this season and hasn't had a probowl type season since 2006.  He has certainly lost a step over the past few seasons.

Don't get me wrong though, I loved Kreutz's fire on the field and he will be missed but I don't blame the Bears for moving on here.

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2011 8:09 am

Kreutz, Bears break up for good

Just sounds like no one is telling the truth because if $500K is holding you back and it wasn't about the money then Kreutz would have stayed. Listen I think what Kreutz has done and the guys around standing up for him is great, no one wants to see a long term, hard nosed guy leave, but I think we should have parted ways too. The O-Line needs a major overhaul which is slowly happening, having Wlliams and Carimi at tackle with Garza being able to play C or G gives them hope that Spencer and Lance Louis or J'Marcus Webb can play G or go out and get Leonard Davis or another FA lineman as a stop gap with a $1-2M base and incentives on snaps, Pro Bowl, Wins etc.

Jerry Angelo's top priority right now needs to be Matt Forte, The guy was a 2nd round gem, making $550K and needs to get an extension. We signed Marion Barber, cut Chester Taylor who was a bum last year and get the Forte deal done. He did not hold out, came in professional and said it woudl get done soon. I am scared that Angelo says the sides can't find common ground and weeks go on and it is not done? But I am going to hold my breath....for now....

Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: August 1, 2011 6:52 am

Kreutz, Bears break up for good

We will miss you Kreutz.......but come on man.....4 million for one more year or leave isn't a problem then why leave?  Oh well.....thanks for all the hard work.

Since: Dec 26, 2010
Posted on: August 1, 2011 3:21 am

Kreutz, Bears break up for good

angelo is the problem.  hes been the problem for a long time but the little girl isnt man enough to man up.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2011 11:34 pm

Kreutz, Bears break up for good

this just proves what kind of corporate kissass Angelo is to Virginia McCaskey & Ted Phillips,its a disgrace,anybody with any common sense wouldve given Kreutz a 1 or 2 year deal,regardless of the money,and allow Olin to retire in the only uniform hes ever known,while helping groom some nameless,faceless fresh-off-campus kid to eventually take over the job,i see nothing wrong in that senario,but apparently that clueless,dickless a-sshole Angelo did

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