With the departure of former Saints center Jonathon Goodwin, that agreed to a deal with San Francisco earlier in the week. New Orleans needed to step up to the plate and fill in the hole he left. Head coach Sean Payton made it a priority to find a replacement at center and grab someone with good experience.
On Friday, they did exactly that and signed former veteran Bears center Olin Kreutz. The 34 year Pro Bowl center agreed with the Saints to a one year deal for $4 million plus incentives after setting a great impression on coach Payton and the Saints.
Kreutz agent, Mark Bartelstein, confirmed the deal on Friday afternoon. Other teams made lucrative offers that he could have jumped on, but he and his agent decided the Saints are a great fit for Kreutz.
Kreutz is six time, Pro-Bowler entering 14th NFL season, he began his career with Chicago in 1998 where he was drafted in the third round. After completing his rookie season with the Bears, he was the starting center for the team throughout his career in Chicago.
When the Bears began to practice on the field Friday, Kreutz was still working out with the first team. Kreutz had been determined to continue to run drills this offseason with the thoughts of the center returning to Chicago.
With that in mind after the demanding offseason and the opening of the free agency frenzy, several teams were interested in his services but he remained content until accepting the offer with the Saints.
However, Kreutz was overshadowed by the thoughts of retiring earlier this off-season since his tenure with the Chicago officially ended, but now he's determined to continue to play in the NFL by joining " The Big Easy".
The Saints still have a great chance of returning to the Super Bowl this coming with a better pass rush and the return of one of the better offenses in the league this is simply the best place for Kreutz to fit in quickly and provide the ball to one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL under center Drew Brees.