Another Blocking Tight End
According to Michael Lombardi of NFL Network, the Bears have signed TE Matt Spaeth from the Pittsburgh Steelers:
Chicago Bears signed tight end Matt Spaeth from the Steelers..
The writing is on the wall for Greg Olsen. As for Spaeth, he was a 3rd round pick in the ’07 draft and is a massive 6-foot-7 inch, 270-pound monster.
Overall, the Bears are thinking last year’s main problem was protecting Jay and opening big holes to free Forte. I agree. Our run blocking and pass protection for #6 just improved.
Working from the inside out, is the way to go if you’re the Bears. Address pass catchers later, work on the line first. Our receivers were not the problem.
So far, we’ve grabbed a Pro Bowl-caliber punter, a solid blocking TE, and currently have been looking to add another specialty guy (Brad Smith) with mad skills to replace Danieal Manning. I like the quiet, under-the-radar, yet, smart approach we have used to tackle our off-season.
Latest on Kreutz: Our top priority, re-signing Olin Kreutz, is next in line. However, the 49ers are beating us to the punch according to one NFL source:
An NFL source said that the Niners sent Kreutz a contract proposal Wednesday night. Although the Bears and the center have talked numbers as well, the source said that Chicago’s offer doesn’t reflect how important he is to the team. For a squad that allowed a team-high 56 sacks, Kreutz was seen as a constant as the Bears try to rebuild the rest of the offensive line.
We will wipe out any of the progress gained this free agency if we lose Olin. He is our leader in the trenches up front on offense. If we cannot re-sign Kreutz, the offensive line will be unprepared to take the field. The Bears better wake up and retain their only center. I can’t envision seeing #57 in anything but a Bears uniform.