The Bears didn't make an offer to re-sign former Pro Bowl center Olin Kreutz until Thursday then issued an its best offer Saturday, a source told the Sun-Times.
The one-year offer: $4 million, according to one Bears player.
Asked about that figure, agent Mark Bartelstein said, "I'm not going to talk about the numbers.
"But our goal all along was to get a deal done with the Bears. At this point, it doesn't look like it's going to happen."
Bartelstein, though, did make clear that Kreutz wasn't looking for a multi-year deal, an indication of his willingness to return.
"There are people who think we're looking for a three- or four-year deal and that's not the case," he said. "The Bears know we were prepared for a one-year deal. It's disappointing, because there's nothing more than I want for him to continue his career with the Bears.
"I respect Jerry [Angelo] and he has to do what's best for the Bears. But, at this point, we can't agree on Olin."
Kreutz, who had long insisted he wanted a "fair deal," declined to return for his 14th NFL season for that amount.
Players and coaches, alike, have insisted that Kreutz is needed.