New Orleans Saints sign former Chicago Bears C Olin Kreutz


After visiting with the Saints recently, the former Bears center has signed with the New Orleans Saints on a 1-year deal worth approximately $2 million with the option for more based on incentives according to NFL Network’s Albert Breer.

The question for the Saints is who will get the starting nod: Kreutz or center-in-waiting Matt Tennant. This should be one of the many interesting camp battles to keep an eye out for.

If you wanted an answer right now, the guy to line up in between Jahri Evans and Carl Nicks seems to be the man pictured above; Kreutz. Yes, he’s up there in age (34) and yes, he’s not as good as he once was…but he’s still pretty good. Grumblings from Bears camp is that the locker room was shaken up by the departure of Kreutz due to his leadership and meaning to the team as a whole. This means the Saints just added yet another leader for the young guys, especially his presumed back-up in Tennant.

This situation looks to be a perfect one for both Kreutz and the Saints. He provides a great transition from recently departed Jonathan Goodwin to the young guy of the future and for him, a realistic chance to make a run for a Super Bowl title. Kreutz is now in between arguably the best guard duo in the league, meaning even more protection for Drew Brees and even better running lanes for the Saints’ stable of running backs.

Kreutz is the latest piece to be added during an insanely busy free agency period for the Saints and their front office. In addition to RB Darren Sproles, DTs Aubrayo Franklin and Shaun Rogers (pre-lockout), re-signings of key Saints veterans, and the acquisition of Mark Ingram and Cam Jordan in the draft, the Saints look to be loaded in all of the right spots for the 2011 season.

Stay tuned for more FA signings, as Kreutz surely can’t be the last.

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