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Bears add Marion Barber, likely lose Olin Kreutz


The Chicago Bears have picked up another free agent, but they’re likely to lose one of their own.

Running back Marion Barber, formerly of the Cowboys, has signed a two-year deal with the Bears, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reported, and the Bears have now announced. Barber was released by the Cowboys this week after six seasons in Dallas. He’s coming off a 2010 season in which he had a career-low 374 rushing yards and a career-low 3.3 yards a carry.

PFT has learned that Barber’s deal with the Bears is a two-year, $5 million contract.

But while the Bears add Barber, they may be losing veteran center Olin Kreutz. Kreutz’s agent, Mark Bartlestein, said it’s not looking good for his client to remain in Chicago.

“He’s always wanted to make a deal with the Bears. But right now, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen,” Bartlestein told

Those quotes could be designed to spur the Bears to up their offer. But they also may be an indication that the Bears are going to have to find a new center because they’re about to lose the one who has started the last 134 games.

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45 Responses to “Bears add Marion Barber, likely lose Olin Kreutz”
  1. jw731 says: Jul 30, 2011 9:13 PM

    Nothing says fun as when Barber gains 2 or 3 yards, and then prances around like he gained 40 or 50…….

  2. cadillacjosh says: Jul 30, 2011 9:16 PM

    He surely cant do much worse than Chester Taylor did last year.

  3. pacificnw7722 says: Jul 30, 2011 9:18 PM

    I’ve always liked watching “The Barbarian” play, hope it works out for him.

  4. raven540 says: Jul 30, 2011 9:18 PM

    Sometimes being a Bear’s fan just makes you want to cry for help. The coaches want Kreutz, the players want him, but Angelo and his buddy Ruskell want to sign Chris Spencer.

    Marion Barber? My guess is a cheaper option to back up Forte.

  5. asublimeday says: Jul 30, 2011 9:19 PM


  6. fuhrman says: Jul 30, 2011 9:21 PM

    So the worst o-line in NFl may be getting worse? WTH Angelo!

  7. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Jul 30, 2011 9:21 PM

    So they make their back up running better, but lose one of their top lineman on a weak squad…. interesting.

  8. bears47 says: Jul 30, 2011 9:23 PM

    I sure hope the agent is saying this just to jack up the price because Kreutz is a must have for that O-line to be successful next year. No other center could replace his clubhouse presence.

  9. spartaninnh says: Jul 30, 2011 9:23 PM

    Martin Mayhew: “I deem this acceptable.” ROFL

  10. andyreidisfat says: Jul 30, 2011 9:23 PM

    Because that bears line is good enough to lose the best player on it …..

  11. goawayeverybody says: Jul 30, 2011 9:27 PM

    When healthy, Marion Barber is an absolute load. This is probably the only move the Bears have made lately which I actually support.

  12. pftrumors says: Jul 30, 2011 9:29 PM

    The Kreutz fiasco will mar the Bears as they stumble into this season. The front office has completely debacled this.

  13. vahawker says: Jul 30, 2011 9:33 PM

    Raven540…you said the magic word “Ruskell” guy is a total tool. Sorry Bears fans, you are staring at years of increasingly diminishing returns with that fool in charge.

    Spencer never lived up to his potential, had trouble making line calls, and was mediocre as a blocker. Not a wise exchange(so you can be sure Ruskell will do it that way)

  14. sweetnlow44 says: Jul 30, 2011 9:40 PM

    Hahaha, I’m glad Ruskell is another team’s problem now. It will take the Seahawks half a decade to clean up the mess he made in Seattle.

  15. randomjim says: Jul 30, 2011 9:41 PM

    The Vikings could use a center. Sullivan hasn’t played that great.

  16. spartytime says: Jul 30, 2011 9:46 PM

    He better not be coming in to replace Forte…This scares me because knowing the bears management they might bring him in and let forte walk instead of paying him…our owners are that stupid

  17. markuh says: Jul 30, 2011 9:51 PM

    If the Bears get Spencer, I almost feel bad for you lol. You’re going to lose a great leader in Kreutz. And get a pea size brain of Chris Spencer who has no leadership. Lol, goodluck.

  18. bearfanrome says: Jul 30, 2011 9:53 PM

    I saw the Barber signing coming. The Bears desperately need a short yardage back. Even more so now.

  19. blattman77 says: Jul 30, 2011 9:53 PM

    The eagles will sign Olin Kreutz lol

  20. pacificnw7722 says: Jul 30, 2011 10:03 PM

    This has Ruskell 😦 written ALL over it.

  21. melonheadsdaddy says: Jul 30, 2011 10:12 PM

    best thing that ever happend to marion barber regardless if he’s a washed up cowgirl. he’s with a team thats won more than 1 playoff game in 16 years. HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS!!!!!!

  22. bearsrumorscom says: Jul 30, 2011 10:14 PM

    The “Chicago Bear Scraps” should be the new team name

  23. heywoodjablome says: Jul 30, 2011 10:17 PM

    A few years ago Marion Barber was the hardest running RB in the league. He would literally hurt you if you tackled him. Key words…”a few years ago.”

  24. polishkingski says: Jul 30, 2011 10:21 PM

    man oh man….if i were a bears fan and they don`t sign O.K , i am thinking we are FXXKED!

  25. spartytime says: Jul 30, 2011 10:24 PM

    A few years ago Marion Barber was the hardest running RB in the league. He would literally hurt you if you tackled him. Key words…”a few years ago.”


    A Few Years ago LT was the most dominant back in the NFL…A Few years ago Shaun Alexander was the best RB in the league

    For RBs a few years is like an eternity…The prime life of a RB in NFL is 2.7 years

  26. whybearswhy says: Jul 30, 2011 10:36 PM

    With all of the stupidity going on at Halas Hall, can’t the league just lock out the Bears and save us Chicago fans the misery. The worst offensive line I’ve ever seen and they;re not even going to sign Kruetz. What a joke of a front office.

  27. jutts says: Jul 30, 2011 10:41 PM

    Just what the Bears need. Another Angelo ass kisser in Ruskel. Its time for the new Mckaskey in charge to see the light. One more year of these incompetant clowns running the personel department and you might not have a team left. Phillips, Angelo, Smith, Martz. I hope George will not need the fans to figure it out for him. I’m hoping he can see it for himself…………..

  28. vikingdoode says: Jul 30, 2011 11:16 PM

    Come on up Krutz…..

  29. bigmac8982 says: Jul 30, 2011 11:17 PM

    McCaskeys are so cheap.

    Olin wants 4.5 bears wont budge from 4.

    So Cheap

  30. thelomasbrowns says: Jul 30, 2011 11:18 PM

    Great–Suh gets two games a year to yank him down by his hair.

  31. blackheld says: Jul 30, 2011 11:19 PM

    And the defensive lines in GB, Detroit and Minnesota gathered tonight to celebrate. Detroit sacked Cutler six times last year when the Bears HAD a competent center, and Detroit didn’t HAVE Nick Fairley paired with Suh at DT.

    This could get really ugly.


  32. shadowgm1 says: Jul 30, 2011 11:29 PM

    Huh? Well, this makes a whole lot of sense, I guess.

  33. FinFan68 says: Jul 31, 2011 12:43 AM

    The Bears had an opportunity to shore up their OL for several years during this FA period. Instead, they seem to be trying to make it worse. They won the division last year, they have a good QB, they have a good RB and a good but aging defense…a consistent O-line and a decent WR pickup would have kept them in contention. They lost Olsen and are about to lose Kreutze. WTH is going on in Chicago. That situation seems worse than Miami’s QB quagmire

  34. qtownchawk says: Jul 31, 2011 12:53 AM

    ignore issues on the o-line, and sign free agent skill position players (who arent that good or past their prime or were someone elses “system” players), sounds like a Tim Ruskell move. all too fimilar…this is the same guy who never drafted a successor to matthew hasselbeck, never drafted any quality o-linemen, got a LB with the fourth pick instead of a QB or O-line man (even though our starting QB was injured half the time because of a horrible o-line, and was aging) gave up #1 picks and large sums of money to WRs who didnt amount to squat, and to top it off, let minnesota pry away one of the best lineman in the game. Im just glad this guy is all the way across the country from seattle.

    Chicago deserves better than Ruskell. Losing Kreutz? Did Ruskell guy not see his QB play the role of a sack dummy all season last year??

  35. tommytd says: Jul 31, 2011 1:26 AM

    A few years ago Jim Finks, Mike Ditka and Jerry Vanisi were running the Bears and they haven’t had competent management since then! The Bears stumblebums in the front office can’t get out of their own way. Get ready for another long season Bears fans.

  36. originalsmasher says: Jul 31, 2011 3:00 AM

    We need a collective fan agreement. A CFA. One where we lock out the management and/or players! Would it be so hard to just not go to any games. Give the owners empty stadiums!! Because is it just me, or does the NFL just keep playing musical chairs with stupid non-talented bonehead general managers & coaches??? A team will get an [Angelo] who just amazes & mystifies us with his brilliant stupidity and cunning moronosity..screws up a team for years..finally gets sacked..and then ends up with a lucrative deal with another team! How does this happen????

  37. assassins14 says: Jul 31, 2011 3:40 AM

    I want to clarify a few things..first I am happy the Bears signed Marion Barber because when I first heard it on the radio I though I heard Tiki..Second I am sentimental as the next guy but anyone who didn’t see Kreuts suck like a Packer who may never see another sausage just wasn’t watching..I wish you well Olin!! Maybe you and Cedric will end up in S.F together,,I hear he needs a roommate…Just be careful practicing your stance..

  38. edukator4 says: Jul 31, 2011 7:59 AM

    loading up on cowboy backups always works well for offenses

  39. blueintown says: Jul 31, 2011 8:07 AM

    Don’t sweat too much over the loss of Kreutz, Bears fans. He’s old and bad. Time to replace him with someone younger and worse.

  40. arnoldziffel says: Jul 31, 2011 9:19 AM

    Hey – it’s the Chicago CowBears!

    Let’s put a little star above the C on that helmet.


  41. trimgod69 says: Jul 31, 2011 11:36 AM

    it doesn’t matter who the back is, when u don’t have an o-line to block for em !!!!!!!

  42. asublimeday says: Jul 31, 2011 12:02 PM

    A few years ago Jim Finks, Mike Ditka and Jerry Vanisi were running the Bears and they haven’t had competent management since then! The Bears stumblebums in the front office can’t get out of their own way. Get ready for another long season Bears fans.
    Yeah, that long season where we made the championship game. That was rough

  43. sfkforever says: Jul 31, 2011 12:15 PM


  44. gmsingh says: Jul 31, 2011 3:47 PM

    Without Kreutz on the team, the smart money says Cutler will be in a wheelchair before the end of the season. Hell, maybe he’ll do endorsements for Hoveround.

  45. deweyaxewound says: Aug 1, 2011 3:01 PM

    All you Bears fans (or others) gnashing your teeth over losing Kreutz…

    Yes, Kreutz has some intangibles, locker room leadership, experience, football smarts, etc. but let’s face it: his play on the field the past few years has only gotten worse. Last year he looked lost at times, a step behind, easily beat off the snap, easily outclassed by even mediocre D-linemen. Penalties. Sacks allowed. He was showing his age.

    If you ask me, I think you’re all just thinking it’s better to dance with the devil you know, than the one you don’t…

    Sad as I am to see Kreutz go — it was probably time. Now, as for the replacement…ugh.

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