Olin Kreutz Thinking Retirement After Bears Parting

With Chris Spencer the starting center for the Chicago Bears, 13-year-veteran Olin Kreutz may call it quits and hang up his cleats. According to the Chicago Tribune, Kreutz had one hour to decide if he would accept a one-year, $4 million deal to stay with Chicago. Now Kreutz is thinking about retirement:

"That is a decision I am still making. I am sure I will have an opportunity," Kreutz said Sunday night. "I am just not sure if I want to play for anyone else. Retirement is definitely an option."

Kreutz went on to express his desire to come to an amicable parting with the Bears, since money isn't playing much of a role in his decision. However, earlier on Sunday there were reports that Kreutz wanted an extra $500,000 to re-sign with the Bears.

Kreutz has played a full 16-game season every year since 2003 and had played in 134 consecutive games. The six-time Pro Bowler will surely have his absence be felt both on and off the field.

For more on Kreutz and the Bears, visit Windy City Gridiron and SB Nation Chicago.

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