The Bears Beat: Chicago Bears news and views (07.31.11)

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Chris Spencer will have the difficult task of replacing Olin Kreutz, a fixture at center for the Bears for more than a decade.
Chris Spencer will have the difficult task of replacing Olin Kreutz, a fixture at center for the Bears for more than a decade.

A look at Chicago Bears news and views for July 31, 2011, including the Bears moving on without Olin Kreutz and his contemplation of retirement, the signing of Kreutz’s replacement, Chris Spencer, and Jerry Angelo’s views on negotiating a new contract with Matt Forte.

Olin Kreutz: Bears or bust
Sun Jul 31 19:18:18 2011
Olin Kreutz worked hard this offseason, he said, because he expected to be a Bear. Finding out today that’s not going to …

Kreutz’s depature could cause trouble in Bears locker room
Sun Jul 31 19:17:18 2011
During the lockout, Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher made a strong pitch for the Bears to keep defensive tackle Anthony Adams …

Kreutz Out; Spencer In at Center
Sun Jul 31 19:17:10 2011
Kreutz’s Bears career appears over The Olin Kreutz era is over in Chicago. After 13 seasons, the former All-Pro and team …

13-year veteran Kreutz considering retirement
Sun Jul 31 19:09:00 2011
BOURBONNAIS — It didn’t come down to money for Olin Kreutz.

Kreutz turned down Bears’ ultimatum; GM calls it ‘very disappointing’
Sun Jul 31 19:04:00 2011
BOURBONNAIS — Jerry Angelo called it “very disappointing” that the Chicago Bears were not able to re-sign six-time Pro Bowl …

Olin Kreutz’s agent breaks down talks with the Bears
Sun Jul 31 18:58:16 2011
Longtime Bears center Olin Kreutz is represented by Mark Bartelstein, the founder of Chicago-based Priority Sports, one of the …

Angelo: Negotiating with Forte ‘a challenge’
Sun Jul 31 18:37:27 2011
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Jerry Angelo’s “intent” is to hammer out a contract extension for Chicago Bears running back Matt …

Bears ink C Spencer, likely ending Kreutz’s run
Sun Jul 31 17:40:22 2011
The Chicago Bears agreed to a two-year deal with center Chris Spencer, which likely concludes Olin Kreutz’s 13-year run with …

Matt Turk begins latest chapter of lengthy career (PA SportsTicker)
Sun Jul 31 17:24:03 2011
By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer

NFC free-agent moves, by team (
Sun Jul 31 17:08:45 2011
Updated at 6:08 p.m. ET, Sunday, July 31 Note: UFA means unrestricted free agent; RFA means restricted free…

Bears Players React to Olin Kreutz Departure
Sun Jul 31 16:09:26 2011
Olin Kreutz is history in Chicago. As the most tenured position player and leader on and off the field, it’s not …

Kreutz Era Comes to an End, Bears Sign Replacement Spencer
Sun Jul 31 15:27:45 2011
End of an era. Multiple tweets from Bears camp are confirming that the Olin Kreutz era has come to an end in Chicago after 13 …

Report: Bears, Kreutz only $500K apart
Sun Jul 31 15:15:08 2011
Report: Bears, Kreutz only $500K apart

2011 NFL Free Agency Tracker
Sun Jul 31 15:12:11 2011
2011 NFL Free Agency Tracker

With Olin Kreutz gone, Bears sign Chris Spencer
Sun Jul 31 14:50:02 2011
A day after it became clear that the Bears and veteran center Olin Kreutz wouldn’t be able to come to terms, a new …

Bears sign Kreutz replacement in Spencer
Sun Jul 31 13:57:23 2011
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The Chicago Bears agreed to terms on a two-year deal Sunday with former Seahawks center Chris …

Latest NFL free-agent updates
Sun Jul 31 03:50:01 2011
Burress finds home with Jets, at least for one year.

Carl Eller claims NFL Players Association ripped off retirees
Sun Jul 31 02:28:06 2011
SUN-TIMES EXCLUSIVE: The NFL informed Carl Eller’s legal …

Bears’ best offer not to Olin Kreutz’s liking
Sun Jul 31 02:28:01 2011
Bears general manager Jerry Angelo provided Olin Kreutz’s …

Barber, Okoye become Bears; Kreutz could be going elsewhere
Sun Jul 31 00:15:00 2011
The Chicago Bears boosted their roster Saturday by adding running back Marion Barber and nose tackle Amobi Okoye. But they also …

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