Thursday, July 28, 2011
Pros, cons on 49ers considering Olin Kreutz
By Mike Sando
Lots going on, including the San Francisco 49ers' search for a starting center.
Adding to an earlier item, San Francisco has interest in longtime Chicago Bears center Olin Kreutz, according to Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com.
- Why Kreutz would make sense: Though aging, Kreutz would provide an upgrade at the position for the 49ers. His toughness and leadership would set a positive, powerful example for a young offensive line stocked with recent 49ers draft choices. Think Mike Iupati, Chilo Rachal and Anthony Davis could learn something from him? Kreutz would also give coach Jim Harbaugh a veteran leader of his own -- someone he brought in with a specific purpose in mind -- to go with all the players Harbaugh is inheriting. Kreutz has missed only one game in the last 10 seasons and none since making 15 starts in 2002. He's as tough as they come.
- Why the 49ers might want to hold off: Kreutz is 34 years old and has to be nearing the end. Very few offensive linemen remain productive at this stage, let alone past it. The 49ers have had tough luck recently with another older center, Eric Heitmann. But wait ...
The more I try to find reasons against adding Kreutz, the more I feel like I'm stretching.
The 49ers could do a lot worse. They've drafted a couple of interior offensive linemen and hope to groom them for roles in the future. They've already invested heavily in their line through the draft. I like the idea of bringing in an established veteran center to help Harbaugh establish a mindset for younger players to follow.