There is no good epilogue, I just think it’s a shame that it had to come to this. The best way to have resolved the impasse would have been to sign Kreutz to a one-year contract while they groomed his replacement, allowing for a more graceful exit for this legendary Bear. But is was not to be.
Both the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune have interesting pieces today on how terrible the negotiations went. Maybe the line won’t miss a beat, but Kreutz’ colleagues will miss him and his leadership. We can only hope for the best.