After the Bears informed center Olin Kruetz that he would not be brought back the longtime Chicago Bear said he considered retirement. However after a few days he changed his mind and said he was willing to continue playing with the right team. Well it looks like he has found that team and he will get a chance to play his former team in week two when the Bears travel down to New Orleans to take on the Saints.
The Saints were in the market for a new center when Jonathan Goodwin signed with John Harabaugh and the 49ers. Reports said the 49ers, Ravnes and Saints were all looking at Olin.
Kruetz's one year deal with the Saints is reportedly worth somewhere between $2-3 million which could be worth about $4 million if certain incentives are reached. According to sources the Bears first offer was worth $3 million with their final offer being $4million while Olin was looking for $4.5 million. Makes you really wonder what else was going on behind the scenes that lead to the Bears signing Chris Spencer and letting the longest tendured Bear leave.
The Bears will get to see both Olin Kruetz and the traded Greg Olson this season both early as Olson and his Carolina Panthers will travel to Chicago in week 4. Should make for two very interesting games early on for the new look Bears.