Source: Bears, Olin Kreutz to talk

Updated: July 25, 2011, 12:08 PM ET
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com

Step 1 in bringing the Chicago Bears' offensive line to respectability will kick off with the team beginning serious negotiations with free agent center Olin Kreutz on a new contract as soon as the new CBA is ratified, according to an NFL source.

Because lockout rules prevented contact between teams and the players, the Bears presumably hadn't engaged in any talks with Kreutz.

In the past, Kreutz declined more lucrative offers to remain with the Bears and has stated ...

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