Olin Kreutz loses passion, walks away from Saints

Veteran center Olin Kreutz has walked away from the New Orleans Saints less than three months after joining the team.

Kreutz has lost his passion for the game, his agent Mark Bartelstein told the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

He joined the Saints in August after turning down a one-year contract from the Chicago Bears after he felt general manager Jerry Angelo was pushing him out the door. Kreutz missed two games with an MCL sprain and returned to start against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"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,'" Bartelstein said. "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."

The Saints were caught off guard by the move.
"It catches you off guard a little bit,” New Orleans general manager Mickey Loomis said, per the report. “We liked having him on our team, and what he represents and what he's done throughout his career. It's unfortunate that he won't be here. But, look, we're better for having had Olin Kreutz here.”

The Saints will replace Kreutz with Brian de la Puente, a second-year backup who looked like he might get the job before Kreutz signed.

Kreutz, who signed a $2 million deal with the Saints, is not retiring officially, but a source said he is going to his home in Hawaii to “see where he’s at.”

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