Kreutz on lockout: 'It's ridiculous, it's crazy, it's gone overboard'

Olin Kreutz wasn’t being critical of either side when the 14-year veteran expressed the kind of frustration that is typical for most players right now as the NFL’s lockout drags on to the end of a second month.

“You follow a little bit of it, but I am just as lost as everybody else," Kreutz said. "It's ridiculous. It's crazy. It's gone overboard.”

Kreutz is a free-agent-to-be after the Chicago Bears failed to re-sign him before the end of the last league year. Coach Lovie Smith has talked at length about Kreutz’s value to the club and his desire to have him back, but until the organization didn’t buck up when it could. Kreutz, who turns 34 next month, expressed a desire to return last season and there isn’t another option to play center on the roster. But?

"When we come out again I will be a free agent," he said. "And we'll see what happens."

He’s been working out regularly but admitted the time off has been a relief.

“You miss being around the guys, but it's a nice break for an older guy," Kreutz said. "But young guys are really losing out and that's the scary thing. Hopefully they will figure this out soon."

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