On Thursday, the Bears offered a one-year contract worth $3 million to Olin, who countered, with a one-year deal worth $5 million. In return, on Saturday, the Bears offered a final one-year, $4 million ultimatum which Olin didn’t take – causing the Bears to replace him with former Seahawks center Chris Spencer.
So, Olin Kreutz’s career with the Chicago Bears career ends with 183 starts, second behind Walter Payton (184) in franchise history.
Kreutz leaves tied for second with Steve McMichael for most contests as a Bear, with 191 appearances. Current Bear long snapper Patrick Mannelly leads the franchise with 205 games.
Here’s some of the things spoken about the fan-favorite Bear, who was a fixture at center this past decade:
“He didn’t pick all people he’s played around while he’s been there. Every time he’s gone out, he’s made the 10 players around him better.” – former Bears offensive line coach (2005-10) Harry Hiestand
“The only guy I know who would play with a broken bone or multiple broken bones.” – Bears defensive tackle Anthony Adams
“In my seven-year NFL career Olin Kreutz is the toughest football player I have ever played with, period.” – Bears strong safety Chris Harris
“Sad day in Chicago; he was the glue and locker room.” – Harris
“Olin Kreutz’s departure won’t sit well in the locker room for a few days.” – Harris
“Olin Kreutz was a warrior. He led by his action.” – Bears general manager Jerry Angelo
“Is it going to be a loss? Yeah, it’s going to be a loss, a temporary loss.” – Angelo
“This isn’t a wake. Nobody died.” – Angelo
2005 first round pick from Ole Miss, center Chris Spencer:
“An experienced center in “prime” of his career.” – Angelo”These offensive linemen are tough to find.” – Angelo
“I think he’s going to be the guy to help me get to the Pro Bowl.” – Spencer on current Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice
Williams and Gholston: Bears GM likes Roy Williams and Vernon Gholston because they picked the team despite being offered more money from other clubs: “I like guys who bet on themselves.”
Camp update: D.J. Moore, a superb returner at Vanderbilt, handled kickoffs on Sunday. Good replacement for Danieal Manning, to spell Devin Hester on kick returns.
Cornerback Tim Jennings and rookie sixth round linebacker (West Virginia) J.T. Thomas competed with the first-team defense. Starting strong side linebacker Nick Roach can’t practice until Thursday due to NFL rules.
First round draftee Gabe Carimi received reps at right tackle today, while J’Marcus Webb was protecting Jay Cutler’s blindside.