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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 20, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 3:33 pm

Saints C Olin Kreutz leaves team

If this lazy sack of something couldn't suck it up and fulfill his obligations of a full season that he committed to when he took the money, he should have retired at the end of last year. Why leave your teammates hanging mid-season? I'm all for getting out if you aren't feeling it anymore, but a stand up man would finish the season at least.

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 3:20 pm

Saints C Olin Kreutz leaves team

I salute Kreutz for leaving at a time when his heart (and head) kept him from giving 100%.  If you're not 100% committed at the center position, taking just 1 play off could result in your QB or RB suffering a career-ending injury.  The timing sucks, but it's far better to find out that he's lost the drive now than in the middle of a game.  He was a great player, and his contributions will be missed, but think where the Saints would be if Kreutz botched a blocking assignment that led to Brees getting carted off.

Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 3:19 pm

Saints C Olin Kreutz leaves team

yes, why stick around and wait until they test for HGH and have to explain that to your family friends and teammates...good man

Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 3:04 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...

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 2:52 pm

Saints C Olin Kreutz leaves team

Hey Saints fans don't get rid of those paper bags.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 2:48 pm

Saints C Olin Kreutz leaves team

and what if the entire offensive line decided they couldn't give it their all this week?  You don't pull the rug out from under teammates until they have you covered.

Since: Nov 27, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 2:38 pm

Saints C Olin Kreutz leaves team

Give this man his proper credit ... instead of hanging around and not having his heart into it and hurting his team ..... He s leaving ... for the good of them and him. Thats what a real man does.... if you cant help your team then you let someone play who can.... Good man Kreutz

Since: Jun 4, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 2:15 pm

Saints C Olin Kreutz leaves team

Reduced to the ridiculous, if you quit, then you are a quitter.  Olin, you, sir, are a quitter. 

Since: Dec 4, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 1:52 pm

Saints C Olin Kreutz leaves team

Seriously?? You don't even know the guy. Over the hill, maybe. Diva? HELL no.  Olin Kreutz epitomized the term "hard working leader".  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?  You don't find it respectable that he'd rather walk away than just show up and collect a paycheck while either not getting the job done or being replaced by a rookie?  Geez.  Win one Super Bowl and you Saints fans all of a sudden think you know it all.  Couple more years and the Saints will be back down to the laughing stock of the League.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 1:32 pm

Saints C Olin Kreutz leaves team

There's got to be more to this story than is being told here.  I don't believe the man would leave a team and it's players midseason JUST to retire.  It doesn't make any sense.

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