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The Bears Den: August 1, 2011

"...where we're looking for Mike Ditka."

Angelo discusses end of Kreutz era | Larry Mayer: Meeting with reporters Sunday at training camp, general manager Jerry Angelo spoke candidly about the Bears moving on without veteran center Olin Kreutz. Q&A: Angelo talks free agency - Chicago Bears Blog - ESPN Chicago

Bears land Spencer; Kreutz era is over | Larry Mayer: The Bears on Sunday agreed to terms with former Seattle Seahawks center Chris Spencer and announced that veteran center Olin Kreutz’s tenure with the team is over. Camp Photos

Chicago Bears: Unable to reach a deal with Bears, center Olin Kreutz says me may retire - Brad Biggs: Center, Bears unable to reach accord on 1-year contract.

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Olin Kreutz leans toward retirement after talks with Bears fall apart - Chicago Sun-Times Sean Jensen: Injury-free for the first time in years, Kreutz initiated intense workouts to get in optimal shape and maximize his market value. But he only wanted to play in one place. Jensen's interview with Kreutz

Bears’ cheap ways with Olin Kreutz will be costly for Jay Cutler - Chicago Sun-Times Rick Morrissey: No one would be silly enough to say that Olin Kreutz is the football player he used to be. But he was the best lineman the Bears had last season and the leader of a team that somehow made it to the NFC Championship Game. Chris Spencer gets two-year, $6 million contract

Chicago Bears: Bears tell veteran center Olin Kreutz to take a hike - David Haugh: Best interests of team would have been re-signing center to stabilize bad offensive line.

Chicago Bears: Backfield crowded with addition of Marion Barber - Vaughn McClure: Marion Barber brings power game to Bears and creates a crowded backfield.

Holmes: With Kreutz Gone, This Is Cutler’s Offense " CBS Chicago Laurence Holmes: By not re-signing Olin Kreutz, the Bears made a it very clear; this is Jay Cutler’s offense now. Now the question: Is Cutler up to the challenge? Bernstein: Bears Break Kreutz Addiction

Kreutz exit leaves Bears locker room grumbling | John "Moon" Mullin: The unwanted departures of popular veterans is rarely smooth but this one is scratchier than most, perhaps because of the ultimatum approach.

The New Jay? | NBC Chicago | Grizzly Detail Peggy Kusinski: Jay Cutler was criticized much of last season from his pouting faces, to his toughness in the NFC Championship game. But Cutler arrived in Bears camp a new man.

Chicago Bears GM -- Negotiating with Matt Forte 'a challenge' - ESPN Chicago Jeff Dickerson: Jerry Angelo's intent is to hammer out a contract extension for Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte. That doesn't mean reaching the finish line will be easy.

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post Dan Pompei: The Eagles take the NFL by storm, McCoy's attempt to lead and thoughts on the free agent frenzy. - The Patriots have flown ex-Bears DT Tommie Harris into Foxboro for a visit The Patriots players have the day off tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean the coaches will take it easy. In fact, they’re slated to do some scouting.

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