Saints' stunner: Kreutz leaves team

There was a very interesting development out of New Orleans this morning. Starting center Olin Kreutz has decided to leave the team.

Mike Triplett reports that Kreutz’s agent said the 14-year veteran no longer feels a passion for the game. Kreutz had missed two games with a knee injury, but returned Sunday and played against Tampa Bay.

Kreutz, 35, spent his first 13 seasons with the Chicago Bears. He signed with the Saints when the lockout ended. New Orleans had decided to let center Jonathan Goodwin leave in free agency and the Saints apparently were not comfortable handing the job to second-year player Matt Tennant.

Brian De La Puente started the two games Kreutz missed and likely will be the starter, at least for the short term.