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MOORE: Kreutz sticks with Bears in $23M deal

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David Moore

David Moore has been the senior football writer for FOX Sports since Aug. 2005. He appears weekly on the FSN Baseball Report and MLB on FOX. One more line lorem ipsum dolor sit amet e pluribus unum.

 
   
 
The Chicago Bears are a team that should have an offensive lineman named Olin. And since center Olin Kreutz was willing to take less money to stay, they still do. Kreutz, arguably the most attractive player on the free-agent market, turned down a six-year, $25 million offer from Miami on Friday to stay in Chicago. He¿s not getting pocket change from the Bears: The six-year, $23 million deal includes a $7 million signing bonus and makes him the league¿s second-highest paid center in the NFL behind Pittsburgh¿s Jeff Hartings. The Dolphins were disappointed by the news, but not surprised. Privately, Miami officials believed it would be difficult to pry Kreutz away from the Bears because of the roots he has put down and his loyalty to the organization and coach Dick Jauron. Jauron had said he was confident that the club would be able to retain Kreutz and considered signing him, along with quarterback Jim Miller, the Bears' top priorities in free agency. David Moore can be reached at his e-mail address, dmoore@foxsports.com.
Tagged: Bears, Dolphins, Steelers, Olin Kreutz, Jay Fiedler, Jeff Hartings

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