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Olin Kreutz | Center

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (40) / 6/9/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 292
College: Washington
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 3 (64) / CHI

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Saints waived/left squad C Olin Kreutz.
Kreutz will become a free agent if he clears waivers. It's quite possible Kreutz has played his final NFL down at the age of 34. A 14-year veteran and three time first-team All Pro, Kreutz has started 187 career games since being a third-round pick of the Bears in 1998. Sat, Oct 22, 2011 04:36:00 PM

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The Chicago Tribune reports the Saints shopped C Olin Kreutz ahead of Tuesday's trade deadline.

New Orleans reportedly "liked what it saw of" backup C Brian De la Puente when Kreutz missed time with a sprained knee, and may have been planning to start him going forward regardless of whether or not Kreutz walked away. Kreutz has not officially retired, and has returned to his native Hawaii to "see where he's at." He will be placed on the "did not report" list in New Orleans, voiding the remainder of his $2 million salary.
Sat, Oct 22, 2011 09:29:00 AM

Veteran C Olin Kreutz is walking away from the Saints because "he no longer feels passion and doesn't want to just collect paycheck," according to his agent.

It's just as well for the Saints. The 34-year-old appears to be 275 pounds soaking wet this season, and he's been pushed around in the running game. Coach Sean Payton has shown little confidence in the interior O-line in key situations, and Kreutz has been a primary culprit. Turning to Brian De La Puente should help the ground attack going forward. A six-time Pro Bowler, Kreutz's 14-year NFL career is likely over.
Fri, Oct 21, 2011 11:49:00 AM

Saints C Olin Kreutz (knee) resumed practicing on Thursday.

Kreutz has been sidelined since injuring his left knee in Week 3. His status for Week 6 is up in the air, though the Saints are probably better off going with backup Brian de la Puente again. Well under 300 pounds, Kreutz got pushed around the first couple of games.
Thu, Oct 13, 2011 10:14:00 PM

Saints declared C Olin Kreutz (knee) inactive for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

The Saints will be without both Kreutz, their starting center and Zach Strief (leg), their starting right tackle. Brian De La Puente and Charles Brown will fill in. The good news for the Saints is that the Jags can't rush the passer. Other Saints inactives: WR Adrian Arrington, TE David Thomas, DE Jeff Charleston, LB Will Herring and LB Martez Wilson.
Sun, Oct 2, 2011 11:47:00 AM

Saints agreed to terms with C Olin Kreutz on a one-year, $2 million contract.

The Matt Tennant experiment didn't last long. Kreutz replaces Jonathan Goodwin in what projects as a downgrade in on-field performance. While Kreutz has a big name, the 34-year-old graded out 33rd among 34 qualifying centers in Pro Football Focus' 2010 ratings. Perhaps a change of scenery and better offense around him will help Kreutz, but he's clearly on a career downswing.
Fri, Aug 5, 2011 01:21:00 PM

The Saints hosted free agent C Olin Kreutz on Thursday.

Undersized second-year prospect Matt Tennant is currently working as the Saints' starter inside. Kreutz is 34 and declining, and has been considering retirement. A chance to play for a legit Super Bowl contender might change that.
Thu, Aug 4, 2011 09:18:00 PM

Free agent C Olin Kreutz has decided to continue his football career after weighing retirement the past few days.

The 34-year-old may have missed his window with the 49ers, who hosted former Saints center Jonathan Goodwin on Tuesday. There's a decent chance he'll have to compete for a job wherever he lands.
Tue, Aug 2, 2011 10:04:00 PM

Free agent C Olin Kreutz is considering retirement after turning down the Bears' one-year, $4 million offer.

Kreutz doesn't want to play for any team other than the Bears, but he's unhappy with GM Jerry Angelo's approach toward contract talks. Kreutz was first offered a 50 percent pay cut, then asked to make a decision in an hour. "After everything he's done for the Bears, he didn't want to have a gun to his head," explained Kreutz's agent.
Sun, Jul 31, 2011 08:31:00 PM

Free agent C Olin Kreutz is reportedly seeking a one-year, $4.5 million deal from the Bears.

That's $500,000 more than the Bears are offering. Although $500,000 is no small chunk of change, it would seem to be the least the Bears could spend to prevent their offensive line from falling into a state of chaos just six weeks before the start of the regular season. Talks between the two sides are reportedly dead, but it wouldn't be surprising if cooler hears soon prevailed.
Sun, Jul 31, 2011 08:45:00 AM

NFL sources tell ESPN Chicago that free agent C Olin Kreutz is not expected to re-sign with the Bears.

The Chicago Sun-Times' Sean Jensen reports Kreutz was given a one-year, $4 million "ultimatum" by the Bears on Saturday, which he refused. If that's indeed the case, the Bears will be left with a gaping hole at center, where Kreutz has started 134 consecutive games. Roberto Garza, who has not started a game at center since 2005, would get the first shot at replacing him.
Sat, Jul 30, 2011 08:16:00 PM

The Bears remain in discussions with free agent C Olin Kreutz.

Kreutz's agent has been trying to drum up a market for his 34-year-old client's services, but it remains unlikely that anybody will decide they need him more than the Bears. On the chance he does end up elsewhere, the Bears would likely shift Roberto Garza to center and Lance Louis to right guard.
Sat, Jul 30, 2011 09:41:00 AM

Free agent C Olin Kreutz received a contract proposal from the 49ers on Wednesday night, a source tells ESPN Chicago.

Kreutz's agent is trying to incite a bidding war between the center-desperate Niners and the Bears. Although the Bears allowed 56 sacks last season, Kreutz didn't take the blame from the coaching staff as they've called retaining him a priority. Look for a decision Friday.
Thu, Jul 28, 2011 12:15:00 PM

The 49ers reportedly have free agent C Olin Kreutz on the "radar" after losing out on David Baas.

Kreutz's preference is to remain in Chicago, but this an opportunity for his agent to wrangle a few more dollars out of Bears ownership. The Niners are desperate at center.
Wed, Jul 27, 2011 11:48:00 AM

Free agent C Olin Kreutz will only re-sign with the Bears during the three-day exclusive window if he receives a "fair" and "equitable" offer.

"Olin's spent his whole career with the Bears, and he's turned down a lot of money to stay with the Bears. He loves being a Bear," Kreutz's agent said. "But, the reality is, there was an opportunity before March 1." The agent wants to see Kreutz rewarded as a "a player, and a leader and a rock to the organization." Kreutz may end up testing the market, but a return to Chicago is still the most likely scenario.
Tue, Jul 19, 2011 05:13:00 PM

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