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Saints C Olin Kreutz leaves team

Posted on: October 21, 2011 12:13 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2011 12:20 pm
After 14 years, Olin Kreutz appears to be hanging it up for good. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

One of the Bears' biggest liabilities is along the offensive line, so it stood to reason that the organization would make a concerted effort during free agency to keep veteran center Olin Kreutz in Chicago. Instead, general manager Jerry Angelos gave Kreutz, a six-time Pro Bowler, a take-it-or-leave-it offer and, well, Kreutz left, signing with the Saints on August 5.

Now, two and a half months later, Kreutz is leaving the Saints.

"He decided, 'If I can't bring that same passion every day to work, I'm not gonna just sit here and collect a paycheck,'" his agent Mark Bartelstein told New Orleans Times-Picayune beat reporter Mike Triplett. "That's the way he is. Olin's a little different than most guys. People say all the time that it's not about the money. That's really how it is with him. It never has been."

Brian De La Puente, who originally signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent out of Cal prior to the 2008 season, would replace Kreutz.

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In July, a week before signing with the Saints, Kreutz told the Chicago Tribune that "retirement is definitely an option." He also said that "Jerry [Angelo] has been good to me too. It felt like maybe it was time to move on. I just got that feeling. I have enough money. So the offer wasn't a big hurdle for me. It was a feel I had, just maybe they wanted to move on no matter what the offer was.

"I don't want to taint anyone. …[The Bears] treated me good and I think I've played my ass off for them. I know negotiations are never pretty. Things are said and you can't take them personal, but you do get kind of a feel for where people stand and I just didn't get the right feel for it."

And now it appears Kreutz really will retire, just two months later than the thought.

Triplett writes that the Saints have not yet commented on Kreutz's decision. Bartelstein said the team wasn't happy about it, but they understood it.

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Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: October 22, 2011 11:39 am

Saints C Olin Kreutz leaves team


Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 4:12 am

Saints C Olin Kreutz leaves team

As always, most of these comments are dumb.  First of all, there is no guaranteed contract in the NFL.  Secondly, outside of injury, there is no excuse for retiring mid season.  He obviously doesn't care about his teammates if he can't find a reason to put his heart into it for 2.5 more months.  That is nothing!!  It's not like he is a prisoner of war or being tortured, he just has to continue doing something he has done for probably 25 YEARS for 2.5 more MONTHS!!  As an extreme example of what a real man is, my best friend was in the National Guard reserves to pay for college.  Upon graduation, he wasn't thrilled with the career opportunities available to him.  Based strictly on money, he thought going to officer school and joining the Army was his best option.  Shortly before his commitment was completed and after he already decided to move on from the military, his unit was called to go to Iraq.  He didn't support Bush or his policies, and especially did not support going to war in Iraq.  However, he was now a Lietenant and had a group of men he commanded.  He could have been honorably discharged and would have been replaced, but he could not let them go without him.  He renewed his commitment and led his men into war.  With his leadership, all of their objectives were met and no one was injured during his 18 months in Iraq.  The next year, he was sent back, and again no one was injured.  This man didn't even believe in the cause, but couldn't let his men down.  Olin Kreutz surely loves the game of football, faces far less risk and danger, yet still chose to let his men down.

Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:26 pm

Saints C Olin Kreutz leaves team

Kreutz, normally a class act makes a bush league move.  How can your heart not be in it now but it was 2 months ago during training camp?  We teach our kids in sports to always finish what you start.  If you don't want to play next year fine.  Finish out the year though.  Your teammates count on you.  He is the center for christ sakes; the anchor on the offense.  This anchor fell off the boat and will take the team with him. 

Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:07 pm

Saints C Olin Kreutz leaves team

His contract is guaranteed while he is on the active roster, reserves or Injured list... However if a player resigns he surrenders his salary from that point forward - which is how virtually all football contracts work. The guaranteed part is how many years the Saints have agreed to pay his agreed salary regardless of whether he is released or not – if the Saints released him his guaranteed contract would still pay…  A resignation means “No Money” which is why his agent is saying… “It’s not about Money”


Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 9:37 pm

Saints C Olin Kreutz leaves team

Why do people say that some athletes retire because they don't simply want to collect a paycheck. Dude! Kreutz' contract is guaranteed...whether he plays another down or not! He is quitting because he prefers to sit at home and collect a paycheck rather than work hard and earn playing time.

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:01 pm

Saints C Olin Kreutz leaves team

He's a diva because he refuses to talk to the press.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 5:46 pm

Saints C Olin Kreutz leaves team

where is a "like" button at when you need one? great comment and very true

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 5:15 pm

Saints C Olin Kreutz leaves team

Yes, every player who retires is a quitter.  Thousands of players throughout history are quitters.  Some seriously broken logic there.

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 4:40 pm

Saints C Olin Kreutz leaves team

Not one Bears fan said a bad word about him on his way out.  How can you bash the guy for not wanting to bring your team down, knowing he can't give it his all anymore?
I don't think it was a matter of not giving it his all, I think it was a matter of his "All" not being good enough any more. Bears fans knew he was done and wished him luck on his way out the door, but not too many tears were shed over his departure.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 3:41 pm

Saints C Olin Kreutz leaves team

>>I think we will be seeing a lot more of this...guys walking away before they start testing for HGH and ruining their reputation for life...

The NFL will be barren of players if every HGH-user quits.


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