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08:02 AM ET 08.05 | Olin Kreutz may not be finished with his NFL career, after all. While [Kreutz] told the Sun-Times Saturday he was "leaning more toward retirement," the longtime Bears center now appears to be leaning toward continuing his NFL career. Kreutz's agent Mark Bartelstein said a "group of teams" have expressed an interest in Kreutz, who's main stipulation is that any club he joins would be a championship contender. "As I said all along, if he gets a championship contending type team, he's going to be really interested," Bartelstein said, "and I think we're going to get that. There are teams that are inquiring at that level. Do I think something will happen? I think there's a good chance something will happen. It's definitely moving in that direction."

Chicago Sun-Times

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August 5, 2011  08:14 AM ET

SHUT UP AND PLAY MORON!

August 5, 2011  08:22 AM ET

Lots of teams will look at him as a good back up. In the end, he will take the contract offer the Bears made to him.

August 5, 2011  08:23 AM ET

I'm in ... No ..I'm out...Wait... I'm back in... Duh ..What should I do??

August 5, 2011  08:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Lots of teams will look at him as a good back up. In the end, he will take the contract offer the Bears made to him.

No he won't because the Bears signed a center.

I doubt he'll go anywhere as a backup, not as this point in his career.

August 5, 2011  08:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

SHUT UP AND PLAY MORON!

Does every story that involves a Bear - current or former - get you riled up like this?

August 5, 2011  08:28 AM ET

They offered him 4 million. He wanted 4.5 million. Do the math, dude. You can't pay every one of your players 4.5 million and be under the cap. You certainly can't pay backups that much.

August 5, 2011  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I'm in ... No ..I'm out...Wait... I'm back in... Duh ..What should I do??

Ask the man from Hattiesburg for his opinion. Don't hold your breath waiting for an answer, though.

August 5, 2011  08:40 AM ET

He will probably want 4.5 million from another team just to play backup.

August 5, 2011  08:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

They offered him 4 million. He wanted 4.5 million. Do the math, dude. You can't pay every one of your players 4.5 million and be under the cap. You certainly can't pay backups that much.

No shizzle! these players..smh

August 5, 2011  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Does every story that involves a Bear - current or former - get you riled up like this?

The Count is Packer fan #1 on the T&R boards. That response is reflexive... and pretty tame compared to some of his other Bears-related posts.

August 5, 2011  09:08 AM ET

These guys usually talk retirement when they have NO contract offers. It's there way of saving face. Enjoy being an insurance salesman dude.

August 5, 2011  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

These guys usually talk retirement when they have NO contract offers. It's there way of saving face. Enjoy being an insurance salesman dude.

Wait now... a GROUP of teams have expressed interest. Teams are inquiring... his agent thinks it will happen!

Sheesh.

August 5, 2011  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Wait now... a GROUP of teams have expressed interest. Teams are inquiring... his agent thinks it will happen!

Yeah, Prudential, Metropolitan, Geico, Progressive, Allstate, Aetna.....

Go with the Flo, man.

August 5, 2011  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

These guys usually talk retirement when they have NO contract offers. It's there way of saving face. Enjoy being an insurance salesman dude.

Oh, and if a championship contender comes calling, he will REALLY be interested.

And in developing news, the grass is still green and the sky is blue.

August 5, 2011  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Go with the Flo, man.

Nice.

August 5, 2011  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

And in developing news, the grass is still green and the sky is blue.

In this weather, my grass is going brown pretty fast. No big deal. It's all crab grass this year. The good lawn died last year, and the new seed never came up in the spring.

August 5, 2011  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

In this weather, my grass is going brown pretty fast. No big deal. It's all crab grass this year. The good lawn died last year, and the new seed never came up in the spring.

The upside is you don't have to mow it.

August 5, 2011  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Ask the man from Hattiesburg for his opinion. Don't hold your breath waiting for an answer, though.

He's mum on the subject. The media are his PR. Doesn't even have to pay them. Sad and amazing.

August 5, 2011  10:38 AM ET

come to Baltimore!!!

 
August 5, 2011  11:16 AM ET
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The upside is you don't have to mow it.

Yep... think of what you save on mowing costs. All you need to do is lightly water the "grass" so it doesn't spontaneously combust one afternoon.

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