Bears replace Kreutz with C Spencer

Posted July 31, 2011 @ 3:55 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Bears have reached an agreement on a two-year deal with C Chris Spencer, a former first-round pick of the Seahawks. Financial terms haven't been announced.

Spencer spent the past six seasons in Seattle, starting 70 games for the club. The 29-year-old was an unrestricted free agent who will take Olin Kreutz's spot in the middle of the Chicago offensive line.

Bears director of player personnel Tim Ruskell, who was the GM for the Seahawks when Spencer was drafted, is believed to have been heavily involved in making this move for the team.

The way we see it

The Bears had one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL last season, as the team's quarterbacks were sacked a league-high 56 times. That, along with a shortened offseason that is giving teams less time to work together, made the decision to part ways with Kreutz so surprising. The center played in Chicago for 13 years, making six Pro Bowls, and was well-respected in the locker room.

The choice to go with Spencer indicates the team is looking to get younger on the offensive line, though it remains to be seen if the unit will be improved without Kreutz.