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Craig Steltz | Defensive Back | #20

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/7/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 210
College: LSU
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 4 (120) / CHI
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Bears released S Craig Steltz.
Steltz made one start last season but was abused. His main contributions came on special teams. Steltz missed most of camp with a groin injury. Mon, Aug 25, 2014 07:23:00 PM

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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 impressive resume in the Bears' safety group, but he is 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.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Jul 5, 2014 09:28:00 AM

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.
Tue, Mar 18, 2014 04:26:00 PM

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.
Tue, Jan 15, 2013 07:01:00 PM

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. McManis is believed to have sustained a PCL injury. Both players are under contract at a cheap rate for the 2013 season.
Tue, Dec 11, 2012 02:08:00 PM

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.
Fri, Mar 16, 2012 05:31:00 PM

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. Rotoworld matchups guru Evan Silva notes that Jermichael Finley is a "Cover-2 killer" as well.
Fri, Sep 23, 2011 08:58:00 AM

Bears fourth-year safety Craig Steltz will have an expanded role with S Major Wright (hamstring) sidelined.

Steltz was the starter for the team's first exhibition game, but suffered a high-ankle sprain and did not play again during the preseason. Said Steltz, "After being out a while, it's nice to get back out there and get reps and read your keys and get back into the swing of things."
Sat, Sep 25, 2010 03:31:00 PM

Bears S Craig Steltz suffered an ankle injury in the team's preseason opener, and is considered "week to week."

Steltz was making a run for significant playing time prior to the injury, but it sounds like he may not play for the rest of the preseason. The Bears' top three safeties currently are Chris Harris, Major Wright, and Danieal Manning.
Mon, Aug 16, 2010 05:52:00 PM

Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune is hearing that the Bears want to see Craig Steltz at free safety.

Starting Steltz at free safety this season could be a recipe for disaster. He's an intimidating hitter, but is often exposed in coverage and doesn't have much agility or speed. The Bears should continue to look to bring in safety help from the outside, possibly in the third round of this week's draft.
Mon, Apr 19, 2010 09:03:00 AM

Bears coach Lovie Smith identified Craig Steltz and Danieal Manning as his starting safeties entering OTAs.

The declaration is highly surprising, as Steltz hasn't proven to be more than a straight-line safety with some special teams value. Manning seemingly lacks the instincts to be a starting-caliber player. Smith's comments don't say much for Josh Bullocks, or incumbents Al Afalava and Kevin Payne.
Wed, Mar 24, 2010 05:37:00 PM

Bears declared S Craig Steltz, CB D.J. Moore, TE Desmond Clark, DL Gaines Adams, WR Juaquin Iglesias, LB Lance Briggs, DL Matt Toeaina and OT Orlando Pace inactive for Week 13 against the Rams.

The Bears have a couple of bad injuries on both sides of the ball. They're hosting the Rams Sunday in a chilly Chicago.
Sun, Dec 6, 2009 11:54:00 AM

Bears declared S Craig Steltz, WR Juaquin Iglesias, CB D.J. Moore, LB Pisa Tinoisamoa, G Lance Louis, DT Matt Toeaina, TE Desmond Clark and DT Jarron Gilbert inactive for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

The Bears are in relatively good shape heading into this divisional matchup. Clark's spot will be taken by blocker Kellen Davis.
Sun, Nov 29, 2009 03:03:00 PM

Craig Steltz has fallen to third on the Bears' depth chart at free safety.

Steltz was talked up all offseason as the man that will replace Mike Brown. But Danieal Manning and Josh Bullocks were listed ahead of Steltz Tuesday. It may turn out that Kevin Payne slides over to free safety and Al Afalava moves to strong safety. Either way, Payne is the best IDP bet among them all.
Wed, Aug 12, 2009 11:22:00 AM

Craig Steltz looks to be entrenched as the Bears' starting free safety following the indefinite loss of CB Peanut Tillman.

Corey Graham, Steltz's main competition, is switching back to corner where he'll compete for a starting job with rookie D.J. Moore, Zack Bowman, and Trumaine McBride. SS Kevin Payne remains Chicago's IDP safety to target.
Mon, Jul 27, 2009 11:31:00 PM

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