Olin Kreutz out, Chris Spencer in for Bears at center

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The Bears announced that Chris Spencer, a former first-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks, has been signed to a two-year contract.

Bears coach Lovie Smith also said goodbye to Olin Kreutz, the club’s center for the last 13 seasons.

The Bears provided Kreutz with its best offer Saturday, one-year for $4 million. But Kreutz declined, and the Bears started to get more aggressive in figuring out a contract with Spencer.

“You know how I feel about Olin,” Smith said. “He’s been a great Chicago Bear but every year is different, a different team. You have to move on, which we’re going to do.”

Smith reiterated that the decision not to bring back Kreutz was a team decision, not one made by the front office.

Player personnel director Tim Ruskell drafted Spencer in Seattle, when Ruskell ran the Seahawks. Spencer, though, had a mixed run there, and the Seahawks didn’t make any effort to bring him back in the last few days.

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