Craig Steltz DB CHI 4 Months
Steltz (groin) was released by the Bears on Monday, ESPNChicago.com reports.
A highly-regarded special teams player over the past six seasons with the Bears, Steltz's slow return from offseason groin surgery probably contributed more than anything to his release. He's now presumably healthy after returning to action for last Friday's exhibition, which could allow him to garner interest elsewhere given his extensive experience.
Craig Steltz DB CHI 6 Months
ESPN Bears reporter Michael C. Wright said S Craig Steltz "will likely" make the Bears' final roster.
Steltz' job appeared to be in jeopardy when the Bears brought in Adrian Wilson at the end of June. A five-time Pro Bowler, Wilson has the most talent of the Bears' safety group, but he is also almost 35 and coming off an explosion-sapping Achilles injury. A solid camp could see Wilson replacing Steltz on the roster, but for now it appears Steltz is safe.
Craig Steltz DB CHI 10 Months
Bears re-signed S Craig Steltz to a one-year contract.
The Bears are stockpiling bodies at safety. Steltz appeared in all 16 games last season, but played just 123 snaps on defense, struggling mightily. Although he's been with the team since 2008, Steltz won't be guaranteed a spot on the 53-man roster.
Craig Steltz DB CHI Oct 27 '78
Bears S Craig Steltz underwent surgery on December 15 to repair a torn right pectoral tendon.
Steltz has shed his arm sling and is expected to be fully recovered for the Bears' offseason program. The 26-year-old will likely return as a backup safety and special teamer for 2013.
Craig Steltz DB CHI Sep 21 '78
Bears placed S Craig Steltz (pectoral) and CB Sherrick McManis (knee) on season-ending injured reserve.
Steltz suffered a right pectoral injury tackling Christian Ballard on a rare defensive lineman kickoff return. Steltz was a backup safety and the team's seventh defensive back while McManis was purely a special teamer. Both players are under contract at a cheap rate for the 2013 season.
Craig Steltz DB CHI Dec 25 '77
Bears re-signed S Craig Steltz to a two-year contract.
The five-year veteran graded out above average across the board last season, according to Pro Football Focus. Although Major Wright and Chris Conte will remain the starters, Steltz is a valuable insurance policy and special teamer.
Craig Steltz DB CHI Jul 03 '77
The Bears are planning on starting Craig Steltz at strong safety opposite free safety Brandon Meriweather this week.
Starting strong safety Chris Harris is a game-time decision with a hamstring injury while starting free safety Major Wright is expected to miss the game with a head/neck injury. Aaron Rodgers will likely be passing against backups at both spots this week.