Saints officially cut ties with veteran center Kreutz

The New Orleans Saints released center Olin Kreutz Saturday, a day after the 14-year veteran announced he was leaving the team because he lacked passion for the game.

Kreutz spent his first 13 seasons with the Chicago Bears, where he was a Pro Bowl selection for six straight years from 2001 to 2006. Kreutz, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Saints during the offseason and missed two games with a knee injury before returning to the starting lineup last week.

The Saints also announced they have waived/injured offensive tackle Alex Barron and signed quarterback Sean Canfield. Barron suffered a knee injury early in training camp with the Saints and was placed on injured reserve on Aug. 18. Canfield, a seventh-round pick by the Saints in 2010, has spent a significant part of the past two seasons on the team's practice squad.

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