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Olin Kreutz Considering Retiring

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that C Olin Kreutz is considering retiring after rejecting a one-year deal worth $4 million from the Chicago Bears.

Teammate Chris Harris has said that the situation with Kreutz could end up having a negative impact on the teams locker room.

Olin Kreutz departure won’t sit well in the locker room for a few days.”  Harris also said that he’s the “only guy I know who would play with a broken bone or multiple broken bones.”

Bears GM Jerry Angelo has made up his mind and doesn’t see the issues lingering.

It just lets you how revered [Kreutz] was,” Angelo said.  “You could put me first in line on that; he meant a lot to this football team.  But, there comes a time, where there’s going to be closure.  Nobody lives forever, nobody goes on forever.  That’s just the nature of the business.  This is the time. . . .

[T]hey didn’t hire me to be loved,” Angelo later said.  “They hired me to make decisions based on what’s in the best interests of the team.  That’s what it’s about, people.  Come on?  This isn’t a wake. . . .  We’re sad, but nobody died.  We wish him the best.  He had a great career.”

Tough decisions regarding veteran players can be hard for others to take but the loss of Kreutz will end up being an interesting story line throughout the season in Chicago.