August 5th, 2011
by bearsbacker

Former Bears center Olin Kreutz debated retiring after the Bears decided to sign former Seahawks center Chris Spencer over the weekend.

Today Kreutz who said he was in great shape all off-season has decided to latch on with New Orleans Saints.

The Saints were looking for a veteran center after former starter Jonathan Goodwin bolted for San Fransisco earlier this week.

The contract for Kreutz is a one-year deal worth about $2 to $3 million. The Bears offer was around $4 million, so Kreutz doesn’t seem to care about the money so much. Just another chance to play with a good team.

Kreutz only missed 9 starts in his 13-year career with the Bears. He was a warrior who consistently played through injuries.

Mark Bartelstein, Kreutz’s agent had this to say about Olin’s decision:

“I think after 13 years with a team, the way it ended really, really bothered him,” he said. “It just bothered him and left a bad taste in his mouth. He was emotional about it, but he worked so hard in the offseason and he was in the best shape he’s been in. I knew he wasn’t going to retire.”

Other Thoughts:

Good luck to Olin in New Orleans glad to see he will play another season. Olin will join former Bears veteran Alex Brown in Louisiana.

The Bears travel to the Superdome during Week 2, September 18th to face Olin Kreutz and the Saints. That sounds pretty weird to say.

I’m sure Olin can’t wait for that game. Congrats Olin, but look out for our defensive line during Week 2.

All quotes from ESPNChicago.com.

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