BOURBONNAIS -- General manager Jerry Angelo took exception to media reports that said there was a divide between the front office and the coaching staff on the decision not to re-sign veteran unrestricted free-agent center Olin Kreutz.
"I resent the fact that something was written that said there is a divide," Angelo said. "Regardless of what anybody says, that's not true. That's a lie, and it's fabricated, and I resented that when I read that. That, to me, was dirty pool."
Angelo did hint that there was some disagreement, however.
"Do we agree on everything?" he said. "Absolutely not. You don't agree on everything with your wife. How am I going to agree with 18 coaches and 15 scouts? It doesn't work that way.
"But at the end of the day, we've got to make a decision and we all agree on one thing: once we make a decision, we're all for it. We're going to make it work. That's what teams do.
"So we talk through it. Things were said. We weighed them. We did our best. We had an offer (to Kreutz). We bumped our offer. We did the very best we could. So now we're going to just let the chips fall where they may and we're going to move forward."
The arrival of unrestricted free agent Marion Barber could spell the end of the line for Chester Taylor, was had a disappointing 2.4-yard average on 112 carries last season that produced just 267 yards.
But Taylor said he didn't wonder about his continued employment when he heard Saturday that Barber had agreed to terms.
"No, I don't wonder," Taylor said. "I just feel like they added more depth in the backfield.
"Playing this many years, I know it's hard to have a good backfield throughout the season, so you've got to have depth in the backfield because any running back could go down at any given time. I believe he could help us more than he could hurt us. He did a lot for Dallas. Hopefully he can bring it here, too."
Right at home:
Re-signed unrestricted free-agent cornerback Corey Graham said he considered the option of leaving the Bears before deciding to stay put.
"There was doubt," Graham said. "I talked to a few teams and weighed my options, but what it really came down to was the (Bears) coaches contacted me and made me feel wanted."
Graham provides cornerback depth, but more important he is a standout on kick coverage who led the NFL in special-teams tackles last season.
Free agents are not allowed to practice until Thursday, and that late start also made coming back to the Bears a more sensible move.
"Trying to learn a new playbook, and getting an opportunity to play (on defense), I figured the chances would be slim with the lockout and with everything going on at the last minute," he said.
"So I ended up getting the best situation for me and coming to a place where I was wanted."
Fitting the mold:
New tight end Matt Spaeth will never be the receiving threat that Greg Olsen was, but the 6-foot-7, 260-pound former Steeler is a much better fit for what Mike Martz wants from a tight end in his offense.
"I'm more maybe like an old-school throwback," Spaeth said. "I like to get after it, I like to block, and that's probably my main thing. But I also want to be show that I can be very effective in the passing game.
"I came from a great system, I played under a great tight end (in Heath Miller), and in a sense this is maybe my time to prove what I can do."
On the run:
Overweight defensive tackle Marcus Harrison did sprints on a back field while his teammates practiced Sunday afternoon.
Harrison will not be allowed to join the other Bears until his weight is down to the prescribed 316. He reported at 327.