The Chicago Bears closed the door on the career of one of the franchise’s most decorated linemen when center Olin Kreutz was not re-signed.
The Bears added unrestricted free agent Chris Spencer, agreeing to terms on a two-year contract, on Sunday in a move that left players and coaches alike stunned. Kreutz was given an ultimatum on Saturday – take a $4 million, one-year contract or not. The six-time Pro Bowl performer wanted $4.5 million. Neither side budged.
The Bears allowed more sacks than any other NFL team last season. They have added offensive tackle Gabe Carimi, the 29th pick in the draft, but line coach Mike Tice hasn’t had any offseason time to work with him. Now, the weakest area of the team got weaker.
This is not a positive for any of Chicago's offensive players.