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Bears Might Have Competition for Olin Kreutz

Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun Times reports center Olin Kreutz is on the record stating his desire to return for a 14th season with the only NFL club he has played for, and the Bears are on the record bolstering his importance to the team. In late May, Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher told the Sun-Times, “We’ve got to get Olin back. He’s been a core guy since I’ve been here.”

With the lockout dragging into July, the Bears might face some competition for Kreutz and will need to carefully plot out how to handle negotiations with him as soon as free agency opens.

There are a handful of teams that might be in the market for a veteran center. The San Francisco 49ers have a hole because center Eric Heitmann is reportedly out for the season because of a neck injury and backup David Baas, who filled in adequately last year, is a free agent. In addition, Jonathan Goodwin of the New Orleans Saints and Lyle Sendlein of the Arizona Cardinals are free agents, and Casey Weigmann of the Kansas City Chiefs might retire. Other teams — most notably the Tennessee Titans — might be looking to upgrade that position.

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