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Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Updated: August 3, 10:19 AM ET
Agent: Olin Kreutz open to playing

By John Clayton
ESPN.com

After a tough couple of days of reflection, former Bears center Olin Kreutz wants to continue his career if he can find the Super Bowl contender, his agent Mark Bartelstein said Tuesday.

Kreutz took it hard Saturday when talks broke off with the Bears. Chicago offered him a one-year contract at $4 million. He was hoping for about $800,000 more. Talks broke off quickly and both sides went different directions. Within the next 48 hours, the Bears signed former Seahawks center Chris Spencer, leaving Kreutz out of a job.

Kreutz talked about retirement. Now that he has had a couple days to reflect, he has re-opened the door to finding a new NFL home.

Coming off a trip to the NFC title game last season, Kreutz would like to make his services available to a team that can compete for a championship.

"After rejecting the Bears offer because of the way he felt things were handled, Olin is keeping an open mind to continuing his career if he finds a situation that he is excited about," Bartelstein said.

The 34-year-old Kreutz is considered one of the best offensive line leaders in his era. He is a six-time Pro Bowler and a four-time All-Pro. Kreutz was the Bears third round pick in 1998. During his Bears career, he played in 191 games and started 182.

Kreutz, according to Bartelstein, is staying in great shape in case the right situation arises.

John Clayton is a senior writer for ESPN.com.