Packers vs. Bears: Kansas City Connections

When the Green Bay Packers take on the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field Sunday afternoon, there are more than a couple of ties to the Kansas City Chiefs on both sides of the ball.

So if you need a reason to root for one team or the other, pick the side with your favorite former Chief!

Packers

Tom Crabtree

The undrafted free agent spent all of training camp with the Chiefs in 2009.  In four preseason games, Crabtree caught two passes for 19 yards and also had one tackle.  He was part of the final cuts, signed to the practice squad and then finally released on September 29.

He only made four catches for the Packers this season, but had a huge touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first round of the playoffs.

Erik Walden

After being released by the Dallas Cowboys in 2008, Walden was claimed by Kansas City.  He played in nine games and recorded 10 tackles before being released.

Walden joined the Packers for Week 4 and played in nine games this season.  With all of their injuries he has ended up playing a big role, recording five tackles and a sack against the Eagles and two tackles last week.

Bears

Todd Collins

The 39-year old spent five seasons in Kansas City, though he never completed more than nine passes in any of them.

In his first season with the Bears, Collins has appeared in two games.  He has completed 10 passes for 68 yards, no touchdowns and five interceptions.

Matt Gutierrez

After starting his career in New England, Gutierrez served as the Chiefs third string quarterback in 2009.  In (very) limited duty, Gutierrez was perfect as signal caller for Kansas City.  He appeared in one game and completed his only pass for three yards.

The Bears signed Gutierrez last week to a reserve/future contract so he won’t be suiting up this weekend but is still technically a member of the team.

Tank Tyler

A third round pick in 2007, Tyler spent two and a half seasons with the Chiefs starting 19 games and recording 74 tackles.  He ended up being a casualty of Todd Haley’s desire to switch the defense from a 4-3 to a 3-4.

After finishing 2009 with the Carolina Panthers, Tyler was cut before the start of this season.

Like Gutierrez, Tyler has signed a reserve/future contract and won’t find himself in a uniform Sunday.

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