Veteran center Olin Kruetz is coming town for a free agent visit with the New Orleans Saints, where he has a chance at a starting role.
The Saints lost starting center Jonathan Goodwin to the San Francisco 49ers yesterday after he was signed to a three-year deal worth over ten million dollars.
Goodwin had been the Saints starting center since 2008 after Jeff Faine’s departure to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency.
He has started 45 of 48 games for the Saints since 2008, and while never considered an elite center, he played well inside Sean Payton’s offense.
Kreutz, a fourteen year NFL veteran, has never played for any other team but the Chicago Bears where he has been a starter since being drafted in the third round of the 1998 draft.
He went to the Pro Bowl six consecutive times between 2001 to 2006 and was named to the NFL’s 2000 All-Decade Team.
Recently Kruetz was in the headlines after threatening retirement if the Bears did not offer him a new and reasonable contract to retain his services. Instead talks fell through, and Kruetz hit the market for the first time in his career.
New Orleans has three other centers on the roster — Matt Tennant, UDFA Ryan Taylor, and Cecil Newton — and out of three the likely starter would be Tennant unless the Saints sign Kruetz, who surely is looking to start, not backup.
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