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Olin Kreutz out, Chris Spencer in for Bears at center

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The Bears announced that Chris Spencer, a former first-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks, has been signed to a two-year contract.

Bears coach Lovie Smith also said goodbye to Olin Kreutz, the club's center for the last 13 seasons.

The Bears provided Kreutz with its best offer Saturday, one-year for $4 million. But Kreutz declined, and the Bears started to get more aggressive in figuring out a contract with Spencer.

"You know how I feel about Olin," Smith said. "He's been a great Chicago Bear but every year is different, a different team. You have to move on, which we're going to do."

Smith reiterated that the decision not to bring back Kreutz was a team decision, not one made by the front office.

Player personnel director Tim Ruskell drafted Spencer in Seattle, when Ruskell ran the Seahawks. Spencer, though, had a mixed run there, and the Seahawks didn't make any effort to bring him back in the last few days.

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To be honest, Kreutz hasn't been playing well of late. Whether that was due to his nagging leg injury, I don't know.
But I do know that the players wanted him back as team leader.
And we also know that the worst GM in the NFL was the one who pulled the plug on him.

**Spencer, though, had a mixed run there, and the Seahawks didn't make any effort to bring him back in the last few days.**

Oh, I'm sure he'll be JUST GOLDEN.

This guys cant be that great, I didn't hear his name one time as player that was a difference maker this free agent off season. Joe, your right Kreutz was on the down slide but what was a better option. The rest of the line could still learn from the ole master. Your right on target about the GM sadly nothing new.

This is absolutely disgusting and inexcusable. The following are my comments on this matter, and is all I have to say for now:

I started going to Bear games when they were still playing in Wrigley Field, and went to every home game until I left Chicago. My gut tells me that my time as a Bear fan is now over. This shameful move by cheapskate owners and management, whether about money, ego, or both, is the worst move I can remember as a Bear fan, and that's saying quite a bit. The McCheapskeys and their horrible front office, starting with that bean counter masquerading as team president, thoroughly disgust me. As cheap as George Halas was, at least he was a football man who cared more about winning than anything, and was willing to swallow his pride (by hiring Jim Finks) when it became clear to him that the game had passed him by. I see none of those qualities in this bunch. Instead, they're nothing but a bunch of greedy cheapskates for whom the bottom line is the highest priority.

Shame on the Bears for not re-signing a player who chose to stay a Bear for less money than he could have gotten elsewhere. Shame on them for letting the players, coaches, and fans down by letting the only center they have go. And shame on them for letting go of their No. 1 team leader. This is an extremely sad day for Bear players, coaches, and fans. I don't know whether I will continue to be a Bear fan -- it's hard to stop after almost 50 years -- but what I can say for sure is that my heart is certainly not in it right now.

I was so upset when I posted my comments that I forgot to type my identity, so I'm posting again just in case.

This move is absolutely outrageous and inexcusable. The following are my comments on the matter, which is all I have to say for now:

I started going to Bear games when they were still playing in Wrigley Field, and went to every home game until I moved to the Bay Area. My gut tells me that my time as a Bear fan is now over. This shameful move by cheapskate owners and management, whether about money, ego, or both, is the worst move I can remember as a Bear fan, and that's saying quite a bit. The McCheapskeys and their horrible front office, starting with that bean counter masquerading as president, thoroughly disgust me. As cheap as George Halas was, at least he was a football man who cared more about winning than anything, and was willing to swallow his pride (by hiring Jim Finks) when it became clear to him that the game had passed him by. I see none of those qualities in this bunch. Instead, they're nothing but a bunch of greedy cheapskates for whom the bottom line is the highest priority.

Shame on the Bears for not re-signing a player who chose to stay a Bear for less money than he could have gotten elsewhere. Shame on them for letting the players, coaches, and fans down by letting the only center they have go. And shame on them for letting go of their No. 1 team leader. This is an extremely sad day for Bear players, coaches, and fans. I don't know whether I will continue to be a Bear fan -- it's hard to stop after almost 50 years -- but what I can say for sure is that my heart is certainly not in it right now.

Kruetz was a consummate warrior, the Bears are cheap and stupid for not signing him. Wrigley Field Bear said it perfectly "Shame on the BEARS" Shame on Angelo, Haskell, Phillips, Lovie and the ownership that does not reward leadership and loyalty like they should. Good luck Olin Kruetz, you were a great Chicago BEAR plain and simple!!

Kruetz was a consummate warrior, the Bears are cheap and stupid for not signing him. Wrigley Field Bear said it perfectly "Shame on the BEARS" Shame on Angelo, Haskell, Phillips, Lovie and the ownership that does not reward leadership and loyalty like they should. Good luck Olin Kruetz, you were a great Chicago BEAR plain and simple!!

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