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Bears release safety Craig Steltz

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The Bears have continued the process of trimming the roster to 75 by parting ways with veteran safety Craig Steltz.

Steltz, a fourth-round pick in 2008, primarily has contributed on special teams over the years, racking up 58 career special-teams tackles in six NFL seasons.

As a vested veteran, Steltz can sign with any team he chooses.  It wouldn’t be a shock if he gets a look-see in Tampa, where the man who served as head coach of the Bears in 2008 has arrived as head coach of the Buccaneers.

The Bears currently have 77 players on the roster.  They must make two additional roster moves by Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET.

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26 Responses to “Bears release safety Craig Steltz”
  1. jghs38 says: Aug 25, 2014 7:33 PM

    My only memories of this guy are when he was a starter on the LSU national championship team in 2007 and when he picked off the Lions when they went 0-16. The guy should cut his hair.

  2. rextraordinaire says: Aug 25, 2014 7:33 PM

    Steltz was a career backup/ special teamer for a team that hasn’t had particularly great safety play since before he got drafted. This was his year to step up and make the leap, and he didn’t. Though the fact that the Bears never really gave him much of a chance to compete for a starter spot can’t be blamed on him.

    I wish him well though. He was apparently good enough as a reserve and a special teams guy to stay with one team for 6 years. He’ll find himself in the same role with another team soon enough. Still beats my day job.

  3. revren10 says: Aug 25, 2014 7:35 PM

    Patriots should take a look

  4. 4dabears says: Aug 25, 2014 7:35 PM

    And yet Conte still remains on the roster. Baffling.

  5. mrtevytev says: Aug 25, 2014 7:46 PM

    And let the Church say …. AMEN!

  6. alshonbrandontandem says: Aug 25, 2014 7:49 PM

    Not a big loss at all; he’s a dime a dozen type of player

  7. bassplucker says: Aug 25, 2014 7:50 PM

    The Bears special teams have been abominable this preseason — even worse than last year — and I predict a whole lot more churn at those positions before Emery finalizes their 53. Bears actually did the veteran a solid by booting him now so he has a better chance of catching on elsewhere.

  8. pj12pj12pj12 says: Aug 25, 2014 7:50 PM

    This guy absolutely sucked. I always saw him blowing his lane on special teams and when his chance came at safety he blew the coverage there too. I have no idea why the Bears had him this long.

  9. jojopuppyfish says: Aug 25, 2014 7:50 PM

    I will remember him as the guy who could never seem to give Hester that last block on many of his returns. He always seemed to be staring at Hester

  10. rbuckner says: Aug 25, 2014 7:52 PM

    Definitely an effort guy, solid but not spectacular. Was injured a lot.

  11. The Steelers are Marching and the world cowers. The three rivers were made from your tears and we build boats. We build lots of boats. We walk beside pristine trophy cases and engraved gold. They say it's lonely at the top, but we sure like the view. says: Aug 25, 2014 7:56 PM

    Best defender they had.

  12. hyzers says: Aug 25, 2014 8:00 PM

    It’s a start but they should cut the rest of the players on that D if they ever want to get anywhere.

  13. InFact says: Aug 25, 2014 8:02 PM

    Infamous memory:

    Craig waving good-bye to Randall Cobb as he scored the winning TD on a bomb from Rodgers (that clinched the NFC North) last season.

  14. lalder95 says: Aug 25, 2014 8:21 PM

    InFact says:
    Aug 25, 2014 8:02 PM
    Infamous memory:

    Craig waving good-bye to Randall Cobb as he scored the winning TD on a bomb from Rodgers (that clinched the NFC North) last season.


    Better get that memory checked… Cuz that wasn’t Craig. It was Chris Conte.

  15. voiceofsweetness says: Aug 25, 2014 8:23 PM

    Steltz never lived up to the player I thought he could be but he always gave 100% effort and was a lot more solid than people here let on.
    Thank you Craig for your efforts and time as a BEAR.
    Wishing you the best of luck.

  16. jonesjourdan24 says: Aug 25, 2014 8:38 PM

    Stelz is a tremendous player and athlete.

  17. imjusthereforthecomments says: Aug 25, 2014 8:38 PM

    He was a good Bear! Good luck Craig.

  18. beardownbeachy says: Aug 25, 2014 8:40 PM

    Total turnover of the safeties and I like it. I don’t think Conte makes it to the 53 either. Steltz was solid but I wish da Bears wouldn’t delay the inevitable and get rid of Conte already. Do it!

  19. calvinthegreat82 says: Aug 25, 2014 9:16 PM

    Instant starter on Pittsburgh or Detroit, he’d be their best player.

  20. 87hollywoodhorn says: Aug 25, 2014 10:20 PM

    LSU Fighting Tiger fans are hurting for this move. We loved that dude and he absolutely balled at LSU. But hes just a little less athletic than you’d want from an NFL safety

  21. jay74x says: Aug 25, 2014 10:38 PM

    He’s made good money, for less than one tackle a game avg.

  22. tooz72 says: Aug 25, 2014 10:39 PM


  23. gambler28 says: Aug 25, 2014 10:55 PM

    I still think the Bears made a big mistake by cutting Adrian Wilson. Would’ve been nice to have a 14-year veteran and 5-time Pro Bowler coming off the bench and working with the young guys behind the scenes.

    Conte and Steltz should both be gone.

  24. boobsmcgoo says: Aug 25, 2014 10:58 PM

    His big plays at LSU got him drafted higher than he should have been. His role with the Bears was one that should be held by a cheap, undrafted free agent.

  25. larryboodry says: Aug 26, 2014 3:22 AM

    They should have kept him over Conte and MD Jennings, even if he wasn’t gonna get a shot at starting. He always gave 110%, and I wish him well wherever he ends up. Thanks for playing your best for us.

  26. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 26, 2014 7:55 PM

    He was a good college player.
    In the pros, not so much.

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