The Middle Man Of The Bears Offense
Chicago Bears free agent center Olin Kreutz bypassed the team’s reporting day Friday as contract talks go on between his agent and the team, according to a source near the predicatment.
The 49ers have already sent Kreutz a contract proposal Wednesday night, a source said.
Since being selected out of the University of Washington in the third round of the 1998 draft, Kreutz has been the centerpiece of the Bears’ offensive line.
The former Husky hasn’t missed a game since 2002.
Strong safety Chris Harris had this to say about Olin’s sticky situation:
“It would hurt,” Bears safety Chris Harris said Thursday on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “Olin is the team leader. He’s that guy. He’s been around the league for I think 13 seasons, he’s very well respected, probably the most respected person in our locker room.
“Olin, he’s a smart guy, he’s very smart. You gotta be to play center, making all the checks. They are really a close group on the offensive line. It’s like really cliché — one for all and all for one, but that is our offensive line, and he is the leader of the offensive line. I really would hate to see him leave. I really want to see him back.”
The Honolulu native made six straight trips to his home land from 2001-06 and is a four-time All-Pro selection.
Time for the Bears to sign Olin Kreutz to the deal he deserves. Remember, he’s the only true center on our roster.
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