Offensive Line Anchor
Competition for the Bears Pro Bowl center is rising.
Deciding not to haul in the veteran center to a contract extension before the lockout, the Bears are finding out it may be tough to retain the services of Olin Kreutz.
According to a source close to the scene, Kreutz has four teams “legitimately interested” in him, a list which includes the Bears. The intensity of the situation has reached such a high level, that you have to believe the Bears are doing everything they can to keep Kreutz.
No matter how much Kreutz has aged and his play has dropped, his value to the team is undeniable; not only as the team’s only center but as a leader both on and off the field.
It’s of the utmost importance for #57 to continue his long-lived (longest tenured Bear, ’98 3rd round, Washington) stay in the Chi if the Bears want Jay Cutler to breathe properly throughout the season.
Clearly, there will be a sigh of relief if he returns, but until then, Bears faithful will be holding their collective breath while teams heavily pursue Olin.