By now it may be too late. By now Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith may have already deemed it too much to re-sign Olin Kreutz.
They may think that paying around $5 million is too much for the six-time Pro Bowler. They might rather spend $3 million on a "prospective, younger, project" player. They may think that Olin Kreutz can be replaced.
I am no general manager as much as I may dream, but Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith: you need to re-sign Olin Kreutz. Kreutz is the unquestioned leader of the offensive line and was a captain last year for the Bears. He is a vital, vital part of the offensive line.
This offensive line is developing and young with Lance Louis, Gabe Carimi and J'Marcus Webb. These three potential starters need a leader to look up to and Olin Kreutz is that leader.
This Bears offensive line gave up a league-high 56 sacks last year and would only put up 289 yards per game, the third worst in the NFL. Now Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice believes in his unit and believes that they can be better after another year in his complex line scheme and in the Mike Martz system.
To master Martz's system and Tice's line scheme the Bears need a skilled veteran. That is Olin Kreutz. If you thought that Cutler had problems last year, imagine him with even less time in the pocket and having more botched snaps than ever before due to the short time Cutler would have with his new center.
Now some people may say that Kreutz is injury-prone and is severely declining every year. It is no argument—Kreutz is coming off of surgeries and that he is getting older, so he is declining. Even still, Kreutz is far and away the best center on the market and his leadership skills and knowledge are invaluable to this young Bears offensive line.
So Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith please take on the extra cap, open up the wallet and re-sign Olin Kreutz. It is absolutely vital and will pay huge dividends for our franchise quarterback. If you want a sustainable offense next year, you need to re-sign Olin Kreutz.