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|Kreutz Out as Bears Agree to Terms with Spencer
|BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) -- Olin Kreutz's 13-year run in Chicago is over after the Bears agreed to a two-year contract with former Seattle Seahawks center Chris Spencer on Sunday.
A six-time Pro Bowl pick, Kreutz still was an emotional leader and an important piece for a team coming off a run to the NFC championship game even if he was no longer at his peak.
He had backed off his request for a multiyear contract and was willing to take a one-year deal. Even so, the two sides couldn't reach an agreement.
Now, the Bears are turning to the 29-year-old Spencer, the 26th overall pick by the Seahawks in the 2005 draft. Back then, Bears director of player personnel Tim Ruskell was the Seahawks' general manager.
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