(CBS) Six games into the season, former Bears center Olin Kreutz has had enough.
The veteran center, who spent 13 seasons in Chicago, walked away from the Saints on Friday, saying he didn’t have the same passion for the game, The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
“He decided, ‘If I can’t bring that same passion every day to work, I’m not gonna just sit here and collect a paycheck,'” Kreutz’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said. “That’s the way he is. Olin’s a little different than most guys. People say all the time that it’s not about the money. That’s really how it is with him. It never has been.”
Kreutz signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Saints this offseason after failing to agree on a contract with the Bears.
Though he is walking away from this season, Bartelstein said there are no official plans for retirement.