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49ers trying to take Olin Kreutz from Bears

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler celebrates his touchdown against the New York Jets with center Olin Kreutz in the second quarter of their NFL game at Soldier Field in Chicago AP

When the 49ers lost center David Baas, we noted that they basically had no decent options to replace him on the roster.

And there aren’t many available in free agency.

Probably the top name out there is longtime Bears center Olin Kreutz, so it’s no surprise the 49ers have entered the bidding for him. Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com reports that the 49ers sent Kreutz a contract proposal Wednesday night.

The Bears made an offer too, but Wright’s source says ” it doesn’t reflect how important he is to the team.”

Translation: We’re getting pissed off, so up your offer or we’re really going to leave after 13 years to the team.

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27 Responses to “49ers trying to take Olin Kreutz from Bears”
  1. jimmysee says: Jul 28, 2011 12:44 PM

    “The Bears made an offer too, but Wright’s source says ” it doesn’t reflect how important he is to the team.”

    That is *so* totally not surprising!

  2. eastcoastninerfan says: Jul 28, 2011 12:46 PM

    Come to the Bay, Olin!

  3. jtam963 says: Jul 28, 2011 12:52 PM

    Bears you better be resigning Kreutz! Unless you are sliding Garza to center and signing a TOP guard.

    Which I highly doubt, come on Jerry!

  4. sonvar says: Jul 28, 2011 12:52 PM

    If I were the Bears with that swiss cheese oline from last year resigning Kreutz is the top priority regardless of his age. If they want to see Cutler get sacked more often they’ll let the 49ers sign him.

  5. 4d9erdynasty49 says: Jul 28, 2011 12:56 PM

    Get um. We need the 6 time probowler. After letting baas just walk away. Niners have tony wragge he only played 2 games in the nfl. Not going to cut it. Sign um.

  6. time2speakup says: Jul 28, 2011 12:56 PM

    My Niners are surprising me more and more over the past few days with the activity. After implying they would pretty much watch the parade go by, they’re out there doing it like everyone else. Go Niners!

  7. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jul 28, 2011 1:00 PM

    What is with the 49ers facination with our football team?

    They hire former Bear Mike Singletary.

    They get caught for tampering for trying to get Briggs.

    Now this.

  8. rickditka says: Jul 28, 2011 1:00 PM

    Kreutz is no longer a good player and hasn’t played well for some time. But, like the 9ers, the Bears have no other option.

  9. benyamen says: Jul 28, 2011 1:02 PM

    So the Bears will spend money to sign a punter and a backup TE, but they won’t pay for their best OL, won’t sign a WR and won’t renegotiate with their best RB.

    … I give up.

  10. offsideburns says: Jul 28, 2011 1:05 PM

    didnt this guy even have a sack on Cutler?

  11. mrclearview says: Jul 28, 2011 1:05 PM

    The Bears are trying to lowball someone…I don’t believe it.

  12. mezter says: Jul 28, 2011 1:06 PM

    Come to the Niners!!! We would love to have you!

  13. dbellina says: Jul 28, 2011 1:07 PM

    This kind of reminds me of how the Vikings handled Matt Birk. And now, look at how AWESOME the Vikes run blocking is without him.

  14. phil325 says: Jul 28, 2011 1:15 PM

    With Bozo the Clown (Angelo) running the show we could lose him. Of course this is the same guy who is about to let Olsen go for a hot dog and soda and who signed Malomanewhahahaha. Maybe he could play center instead of tight end 5 plays a game.

  15. rockinron2 says: Jul 28, 2011 1:20 PM

    Hard decision for the Bears. Olin was the anchor of the line for a long time. He is responsible for the line calls, so he has to take some responsibility for all the sacks given up by the line last year. He also had a lot of problems picking up A gap blitzes and was often over powered by the DT even without a blitz. But losing him requires you to get a new center AND someone to make the line blocking calls.

  16. azbearsfan says: Jul 28, 2011 1:33 PM

    I hope the Bears know what they are doing. I don’t get paid to form NFL rosters for a living but to the amateur eye it doesn’t seem like this is the off season to go hunting for a replacement for Olin Kreutz. Camp opens in 2 freaking days.

  17. urlacherbacker says: Jul 28, 2011 1:34 PM

    Fine, let him walk. Like someone else said: just shift Garza over and sign a high end guard FA. If Kruetz walks you MUST sign a top guard Chi town. Otherwise we are just stepping backwards with a young/ unproven O line by throwing in the rookie.

    I dont have a problem getting younger at this position. However, we are tired of the stop gap approach. GO SIGN SOME TOP O LINEMAN FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY!

  18. garyfromil says: Jul 28, 2011 1:37 PM

    This guy is 33 years old and his best days are long gone. The Bears had one of the worst offensive lines in the league last year. The Bears need to find a younger, better center. Keeping Kreutz just kicks the can of mediocrity down the road.

  19. dirtyjersey9er says: Jul 28, 2011 1:42 PM

    I think Kreutz is good in a similar role that Larry Allen had a few years back for the 49ers. One where he probably has a good enough stop gap for a season or 2 left but what he does for the guys around him(especially Iupati, A. Davis, and Rachal) would do wonders for their development.

  20. mavajo says: Jul 28, 2011 1:48 PM

    Dude, the guy is old as the hills, and he’s been regressing the last couple years.

    Some of these teams will never learn.

  21. dirtyjersey9er says: Jul 28, 2011 2:08 PM

    @mavajo

    If the Matthews family has taught us anything Offensive Linemen have a long shelf life.

  22. trollhammer20 says: Jul 28, 2011 2:21 PM

    Please, Niners, throw a bunch of money the way of an aging lineman.

  23. 1phd says: Jul 28, 2011 2:27 PM

    time2speakup says: Jul 28, 2011 12:56 PM

    My Niners are surprising me more and more over the past few days with the activity. After implying they would pretty much watch the parade go by, they’re out there doing it like everyone else. Go Niners!
    ————————————————-
    Ladies and gentleman, we have a cheerleader in our midst. Let’s look at the facts this goldrush girl is gushing about: 1) lose your center and then try and sign one that has already had his best days, lose your DL man, lose a starting CB, resign your loser QB – yes there is some impressive activity here to cheer about! Go, er Went Niners!

  24. wtfru2 says: Jul 28, 2011 2:36 PM

    Being from Hawaii, he’s always been a 49r fan….

  25. vetdana says: Jul 28, 2011 2:39 PM

    Olin’s value to the Bears comes as a result of his leadership qualities in the locker room and his o-line play is second. The Bears are just not going to pony up a lot of money to keep him, even though about everyone you talk to says, they should do whatever it takes to keep him on the roster.

  26. dirtyjersey9er says: Jul 28, 2011 2:46 PM

    1phd says:
    Jul 28, 2011 2:27 PM
    time2speakup says: Jul 28, 2011 12:56 PM

    My Niners are surprising me more and more over the past few days with the activity. After implying they would pretty much watch the parade go by, they’re out there doing it like everyone else. Go Niners!
    ————————————————-
    Ladies and gentleman, we have a cheerleader in our midst. Let’s look at the facts this goldrush girl is gushing about: 1) lose your center and then try and sign one that has already had his best days, lose your DL man, lose a starting CB, resign your loser QB – yes there is some impressive activity here to cheer about! Go, er Went Niners!
    ————————————-

    -The loss of Baas was kinda unexpected but I mentioned above Kreutz would help the development of the guys around him more if signed. The line has lacked that since Larry Allen was let go.

    -By DL man do you mean Franklin? Because I am pretty sure he has yet to sign with a team. Because aside from him the DL is still pretty intact with the re-signing of Ray McDonald.

    -The 49ers cut a starting CB who was slated to make 17 million this year. Huge difference between that and actually losing out because that could be a move to get an upgrade at the position.

    -Alex Smith was re-signed with the “Impress me” mentality. It’s a one year deal for 5 million and if he stinks it up with a QB friendly HC he is gone and the CK era begins(unless the team finishes so poorly that they are in the Luck/Barkley sweepstakes).

    Not an exciting start to free agency but jesus christ let the fan try to find optimism. I know it’s the internet and we all gotta flex our finger muscles but is it really bad for someone to actually show optimism?

  27. illiniftw says: Jul 28, 2011 3:09 PM

    @dirtyjersey9er trying to defend your points with logic will never fly on the internet

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