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Ex-Bears center Olin Kreutz chooses less money, chance for title with Saints

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Veterans have flocked to the Crescent City in search of a Super Bowl ring in 2011. Another one arrives Friday.

Former Chicago Bears center Olin Kreutz will sign a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints this afternoon, as first reported by the Chicago Tribune.

The Bears reportedly offered Kreutz $4 million in a one-year deal, but the six-time Pro Bowl performer was dissatisfied and decided to seek a new employer. Kreutz then took just a $2 million dollar deal from the Saints with the chance to earn close to another $2 million in incentives, reports the NFL Network.

The Ravens were said to be the other team interested in Kreutz, who visited New Orleans Thursday.

Kreutz is expected to compete with Matt Tennant to replace veteran Jonathan Goodwin, who inked with the San Francisco 49ers in free agency.

The 13-year veteran told the Chicago Tribune he was strongly considering retirement unless a perfect opportunity could convince him to continue playing. It appears a chance to win a Super Bowl ring with one of the NFC favorites changed his mind.

In his career with the Bears, Kreutz has been the unquestioned starting center for the last 12 years and has not missed a game the last eight seasons.

Kreutz joins top-level talents like NT Aubrayo Franklin and DT Shaun Rogers as marquee free agents who have signed on for a season with the Saints since the end of last season.


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