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Report: Chris Spencer signs with Bears

Post by Eric Williams on July 31, 2011 at 1:17 pm with 30 Comments »
July 31, 2011 1:17 pm

According to Michael Wright of ESPN Chicago, former Seattle Seahawks center Chris Spencer has signed with the Chicago Bears.

Spencer reunites with former Seattle head personnel man Tim Ruskell, now the director of personnel for Chicago. And he replaces one of the tough guys in the league in Olin Kruetz, with the Bears choosing not to bring the UW product back.

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  1. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Now Olin Kruetz! That was one tough center!

  2. Dukeshire says:

    This makes sense. I can only imagine the lobbying Ruskell did inside Bear HQ.

  3. Good move by the Bears. Spencer seems to past the many injuries of his younger years and could now enter his prime and be a very good center for awhile. Ruskell knows this, and I think the Bears will be happy with this move in the long run.

  4. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Seems like Kruetz is still near the top of his game. Has he fallen off of late, or am I giving him too much credit? Would he be worth bringing to Seattle?

  5. So, why did we never make any move toward Spencer? Are we confident Unger is an upgrade?

    I thought Spencer had come into his own a bit this last year – and while certainly not a star – was a pretty serviceable center. I’ll trust the coaches on this one I suppose.

  6. fuqutribune says:

    Awww. That’s a grand plan! Let’s all cuddle up on the couch with Kruetz, who is as old as rocks. Sure, building a good young line is a great idea, but lets bring in another local good guy to screw everything up. I know my heart is cold, but, by golly, I am learning, I am learning. In fact, I’ll heat up the popcorn!

  7. @pdway, if you ask me, I think they went with Unger because he was cheaper than Spencer. Unger is not better, and totally lacks the lower body strength and good feet that Spencer has. But Unger is younger and cheaper. Also, I do think that Tom Cable likes Unger’s toughness and attitude, which Spencer didn’t enough of.

    Similar to other moves, “older and more expensive” means you are not going to be a 2011 Seahawk.

    I understand it was time for Matt to go, and Lawyer Milloy, and Spencer wasn’t worth big money when we have Unger. But cutting Lofa today was a big step too far for me! And now I have to wonder if Trufant may be the next to go. And I won’t expect Gallery to finish his whole three year contract here, either.

  8. Soggybuc says:

    Stevo i would agree this is a good move the Bears as Olin wanted huge money and Spencer comes in experienced for a lesser salary. but the Bears are a built win now franchise with a small window like the Viqueens.

    Hawks are building a win the later half of the decade franchise hence the move to put Max at center.

    2013 guys, thats the year the Hawks become perennial super bowl contenders. until then everything is a baby step in that direction.
    OK so it is really not right to call Carpenter a baby step because DAMN is that man huge!! we dont have bookends we have encyclopedia ends.

  9. fuqutribune,

    Just don’t act like a jack-ass, and be respectful to some of the guys around here like Dukeshire, who have been making this blog work for many years, and you won’t be piled on and get your feelings hurt.

    By the way, it wouldn’t hurt to change your screen-name…another lesson in respect.

  10. fuqutribune, you’re a real douchebag. sorta sucks when people like you come around and act like tough guys and ruin the blog for anyone.

    It’s one thing to have a good debate, it’s another to be a tool. You’ve definitely crossed the line.

  11. Soggybuc says:

    Fail internet Troll is Fail!

  12. “But cutting Lofa today was a big step too far for me! ”

    Yeah, I hear you – it’s definitely going to be a different team chemistry w/out Lofa and Matt, even though I ultimately think both move are probably the right idea.

    New leaders will have to emerge – and we really don’t have many veteran type players in starting roles. Possible leaders could be Gallery, Trufant, I guess Mebane, and hopefully T. Jackson if he plays well, it’s a real re-shaping of the team. But we do need it. Things have been pretty ugly the past few years; masked in part by the division we play in.

  13. BobbyAyala says:

    Tim Ruskell has a job?

    SPENCER SUCKS! Never seen a more garbage center at picking up blitzes.

  14. Soggy, he’s not even a troll, trolls make me laugh. He’s just a very angry dude.

  15. Soggybuc says:

    with a small penis.

  16. I kind of get fuqu’s point, but he took it a bit too far.

    The owners and players don’t really care about the fans, even though without us they would have nothing. We’re basically like puppets, because they know we won’t stop buying season tickets, paying for the NFL ticket, etc… If they did care, why would they put us through what they did in the past and in the latest CBA disagreements?

    I understand it’s a business, but without us they have no business. Anyone feelin’ me?

  17. Dukeshire says:

    Carroll being interviewed on NFL Network right now.

  18. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I think the owners and players care about the fans in general, however they are not going to prioritize that over their career moves, and rightfully so. Most all of us try to maximise our career opportunities.

    fu kind of reminds me of that guy I read about in the Seattle times the other day.
    The guy that was drunk and on a road rage fit chasing another car down the road, then losing control and hitting another vehicle and killing the driver.
    So what does he do when he gets out of his vehicle? He starts beating his chest.

  19. I vote for Lynch pushing Porter away like a rag doll on “The Run” vs. the Saints last year as our new photo for this site.

    Or Okung. He’s not going to get to get cut anytime soon. Plus, I love good offensive lineman.

    Better yet, I’d like a panoramic of Okung, Gallery, Unger, and Moffpender as our new main pic on this site. None of those guys are going to get cut anytime soon.

    OBTW, it’s good to be back home! And, Dukeshire, a special thanks goes out to you for all of your texts that kept me constantly updated on what was going on with the ‘Hawks when I didn’t have direct access to a lot of Seahawks news! I owe you one!

    Time to hammer through some of these old posts and try to get caught up a bit!!!

  20. Dukeshire says:

    My pleasure! Welcome back and have fun. Lot of… interesting stuff to get through. lol

  21. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Welcome back BobbyK! – Do you think Rice is the real deal? And do you think T Jack can turn the corner or justbe a stop gap for the next QB?

  22. Dukeshire says:

    He’ll be happy to answer that as soon as he’s done rolling around on his bed laughing in his new Seahawk Rice jersey while tearing up pictures of Tarvaris Jackson.

  23. Georgia — Rice is the real deal. No question. In all honestly, I am simply amazed at some of the plays that he can make. He’s not a 4.3 burner down the field, but he does have the speed to make some plays down there though. His best asset is the ability to play physical and make catches that normal human beings cannot make whether they are high, low, or whatever. I’ve seen a lot of him since his rookie year when he’s played and I love that guy! I’m so HAPPY that he’s finally on MY team!!! Call me Mr. Happy, if you want (do not call me Mr. Happy when talking about our QB situation).

    The biggest (not only, just biggest) difference between the great Favre of ’09 to the mediocre Favre of ’10 was the lack of Sidney Rice for a majority of last year (hip). In no way am I saying that Rice made Favre (Favre has had a great enough career for us to know otherwise).

    However, I am saying that Rice made Favre better. Just as we can assume that a player as great as Favre made Rice better, too.

    Rice won’t be able to duplicate his ’09 numbers with our current QB situation, but he is great (at least I don’t think he can duplicate those numbers with our current “quarterbacks”).

    I think Okung and ET will get there soon, but no current Seahawk besides Rice can legitimately claim to be one of the top 5 players in the NFL at his respective position. That’s how much I think of Sidney Rice.

    Switching Gears — How does Santonio Holmes get a bigger contract than Sidney Rice? I thought better players were supposed to get bigger contracts?

    OBTW – my Sidney Rice Seahawks jersey has been ordered!!!

  24. lol… Duke… you beat me to the punch… and, yes, you can about imagine what I’m going to say about Jackson…

  25. Welcome back Bobby! I believe you will enjoy looking back on these last few days….

    Hass & Tats moving on, that part isn’t easy…. but PC & JS have put some great ‘competition’ on the field….

    Except for Special Teams, most notably the FG kicker that is often game breaking, IMOHA, I see us better than last year even before we fully mature… A bit optomistic, but on paper & video…. mmmmm…. not bad…. We’re lookin forward to your inputs….

  26. raymaines says:

    We need to talk….

    Lofa didn’t get cut!! He was asked to restructure his contract and he quit. He bailed on the SeaHawks rather than take a pay cut. We can debate whether he was worth 4.6 million (did I remember the number correctly?), but he didn’t get cut.

    Olin Kreutz is a 13 year vet, is double tough and a natural leader, but is way past his prime and is NOT a nice person. I really hope he does sign with the 49ers.

  27. They can say it was “mutual” all they want. When they are asking for a cut they are giving you 2 options. give us money back or get cut. He chose to stick by the contract they offered.

    it is the nature of business – but you don’t see the teams rushing to renegotiate with players when they WAY out preform the contract they have. Amazing how when a player wants to renegoiate they teams get uppity and angry but when they want to reneg on a contract and the player says no, the team cuts them.

    Not that I don’t think that sometimes it has to happen but it is never fun

  28. I understand your point but I doubt that any of us would feel too good if our employers came up to us and wanted to significantly reduce our salary. I realize that he hasn’t been a Pro Bowler for the past couple of years and that he’s had injury problems to boot. However, he did give his heart and soul to this team so we shouldn’t be too willing to throw him under the bus.

    In ’09, Heater talked about how most injured guys kind of go away, but Lofa was right there with him trying to help. That’s special.

    Last year Lofa could barely walk, it seemed at times, and he played. This was evidenced by having surgery on BOTH knees right after the season.

    I understand why the ‘Hawks asked him to restructure. I do. But I also understand why he chose to not accept it. I don’t know the final numbers or anything, but I wonder what the ‘Hawks were offering? That could help sway my opinion.

  29. raymaines says:

    MLB has guaranteed contracts. Do we really want the NFL to go that direction?

  30. I have no problem with it. You don’t see Dustin Pedroia stop trying after he signed his deal a few years ago. And if you sign some moron who will stop trying after they have signed their big deal — then I think that’s on you for being too dumb for not researching that player enough to know he was a character risk (or didn’t genuinely love the game enough).

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