The Chicago Bears have garnered a reputation for being a cheap organization. As Mike Ditka once said about the great George Halas, “(Halas) throws nickels around like manhole covers.”
Well, this story from former Bears center Olin Kreutz isn’t going to help the franchise shed that reputation.
Kreutz appeared on 670 the Score Friday, where he explained that former Bears offensive line coach Harry Hiestand wanted to bring him aboard in 2018. Kreutz said the Bears offered him a position as a player consultant to work with the offensive line for a mere $15 an hour.
“That’s the way they do business,” Kreutz said on 670 the Score. “Those are the things that have to change.”
On @670TheScore, Olin Kreutz said he was offered an independent contractor position by the Bears in 2018 working with the offensive line. The team's offer was for $15 an hour.
Said Kreutz: "That's the way they do business. Those are the things that have to change."
— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) January 7, 2022
Recently, there’s been a discussion among former Bears players about wanting to be heard by the organization as a means to get the team on the right track.
Players like Kreutz, Charles Tillman, Alex Brown, Jerry Azumah and Patrick Mannelly have all expressed a desire to meet with the front office and share their thoughts on the organization.
One of the criticisms of Chariman George McCaskey and the Bears organization as a whole has been their inability to impact positive change. It doesn’t help that McCaskey and President/CEO Ted Phillips aren’t “football guys.”
So why not listen to some “football guys,” aka some former players who have some insight to provide that could help get this organization back on the right track?