The Bears wouldn’t budge on a one-year contract offer with Olin Kreutz, but it might have been because they wanted to add Chris Spencer to the fold. Other teams were said to be interested in his Spencer’s services.
By offering Kreutz a contract it makes Kreutz leave on a good note rather than a bad one. You don’t want to end a 13 year relationship with one of your most loved player on a bad note. Jerry Angelo made the tough, but right decision replacing Kreutz.
But, they could regret letting Kreutz go in one of the shortest training camps in NFL history. Spencer will have to learn Mike Martz’s offense quick. Most importantly, he will have to become a leader because Kreutz was a great one in his 13 seasons with the Bears.
Here’s what Kreutz had to say about a possible retirement and contract talks with the Bears:
“That is a decision I am still making. I am sure I will have an opportunity,” Kreutz said Sunday night. “I am just not sure if I want to play for anyone else. Retirement is definitely an option.”
“Jerry has been good to me too. He’s given me a lot of money and I’ve been there a long time,” Kreutz said. “It felt like maybe it was time to move on. I just got that feeling. If I was right, if I was wrong, if the offer was fair. I have enough money. So the offer wasn’t a big hurdle for me. It was a feel I had, just maybe they wanted to move on no matter what the offer was.
“At this point in my career, the offer of money is not a big deal to me. It’s just a feel I had. I don’t want to taint anyone. Both sides have won since I’ve been here. I’ve won. They’ve treated me good. They’ve given me everything I’ve asked for and I think I’ve played my ass off for them.”
All quotes from Chicagotribune.com.
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