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22 Oct 2011

Olin Kreutz Quits Saints

Citing an acute case of "losing his passion for the game," Saints center Olin Kreutz has decided to leave New Orleans. He won't file retirement papers, but it seems like he has lost interest in playing. Having to play through an MCL sprain probably didn't help matters.

The Saints will turn to Brian De La Puente at center.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 22 Oct 2011

20 comments, Last at 02 Nov 2011, 11:49pm by papabear


by Sidewards :: Sat, 10/22/2011 - 3:47pm

I admit my ignorance, how is this allowed? Is he still going to get paid? Can he be traded? Is there some compensation for retired players that the team is going to miss out on?

by tuluse :: Sat, 10/22/2011 - 4:11pm

He wont be paid. He's officially on the did not report list.

by djanyreason :: Sat, 10/22/2011 - 11:20pm

Not to be overly snarky, but as to "how is this allowed", there's this thing called the 13th amendment to the United States Constitution which impacts the how far labor contracts can be enforced...

by Andrew Potter :: Sun, 10/23/2011 - 1:11am

Not to be overly pedantic, but that's "why" it's allowed, not "how".

by dbostedo :: Sun, 10/23/2011 - 12:40pm

Shouldn't that be "To be overly pedantic..." ?

by Andrew Potter :: Sun, 10/23/2011 - 2:39pm

Only if you believe there's any such thing.

by TomKelso :: Mon, 10/24/2011 - 9:59am

Snarky or pedantic, it's usually "overtly", right?

by dbostedo :: Mon, 10/24/2011 - 2:17pm

Well, overtly means "obviously" and overly means "to a great extent". So, yes, you can be overtly overly pedantic. I think.

by Theo :: Tue, 10/25/2011 - 3:03pm

Isn't pedantic 'overly *something*' by definition already?

by dbirtchnell (not verified) :: Sat, 10/22/2011 - 4:03pm

Strong rumours coming out of NOLA are that he was going to be benched and got into a fight with the Saints D-line coach.

The Saints then tried to trade him but got no takers, so in an attempt to avoid being cut and a PR disaster Kreutz agreed to quit with this cover story.

De La Puente was playing way better anyway, so this will probably be good for the team.

by dbt :: Sat, 10/22/2011 - 7:36pm

Olin Kreutz fight a teammate? That's un-possible!


by Jerry F. (not verified) :: Sat, 10/22/2011 - 5:13pm

I was really getting tired of stories about the Bears' line woes mentioning the departure of "Pro-Bowler Olin Kreutz" as though this actually had made their line worse.

Even so, I liked him and, were it amenable to him, I would be happy for the Bears to pay him a minimum salary to back-up and tutor the existing scrubs.

by RichC (not verified) :: Sat, 10/22/2011 - 7:40pm


He's never been particularly good at the things you can teach people. His line calls have always been pretty bad, and he can't even snap the ball properly.

He's done. He's been done for a while.

by papabear (not verified) :: Wed, 11/02/2011 - 11:49pm

I take it that your speaking from experience, and not as armchair analyst.

by TomC :: Sun, 10/23/2011 - 12:03am

Too bad it had to end this way.

by Chocolate City (not verified) :: Mon, 10/24/2011 - 9:37am

Too bad I was forced to watch him play like crap for the last several years and always have it blamed on someone else.

by Joseph :: Mon, 10/24/2011 - 11:42am

It's obvious that Kreutz was holding the Saints back--he leaves, they put 55 offensive points up on Indy. /end sarcasm/

by Theo :: Tue, 10/25/2011 - 3:05pm

It is too bad a good career ended like this, but if he chooses to play on and someone else chooses to put him in the line up...

by tuluse :: Tue, 10/25/2011 - 3:09pm

The Saints still have his rights.

by Theo :: Tue, 10/25/2011 - 3:22pm

My bad, that was supposed to be in past tense.