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Bears offer take it or leave it deal; Olin Kreutz rejects

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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.

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While most of us are struggling to make ends meet, Kreutz looks like another greedy bastard that can't get by on $4,000,000 this year. Poor Baby! Shame on you!

Typical of the cheapskate owners of this team. This was the worst pass-blocking line in the league last season, and it will be even worse this season without Kreutz. For a lousy $500,000, the McCheapskys are willing to implode their offensive line. And this from a team that's $38 million below the salary cap!

If the Bears lose Kreutz, all Bear fans who live in the Chicago area should make their No. 1 priority re the Bears getting rid of the McCaskeys. Not saying this would be easy, but they're the problem and this team isn't going to get better until and unless it gets ownership that cares more about winning than money and is competent. The McCaskey's fail in both areas.

Oh Boo Freaking Hoo. $4 million dollars and you say no? Don't let the door hit you where the good Lord split you

I never heard a player comment on another being "overpaid" or one giving money back due to an average season.. These guys are clueless on what a great wage is.

Olin rejects a $4m deal? Oh brother! I like him, always have. But in this case, LET HIM GO!!

You guys typify what's wrong with the Bears: you care more about money than winning or doing the right thing. It doesn't matter what the rest of the economy is doing or how much pro athletes get paid, $500,000 difference for a team $34 million below the salary cap is nothing.

Kreutz, even in the downside of his career, is much better than anyone who will replace him and was THE team leader. The players were all bummed that the Bears didn't re-sign him. And, he gave up more money to stay with the Bears.

In the first place, this deal should have been done before the lockout. Second, the Bears should have paid Kreutz whatever it took to keep him, considering all the factors above. Instead, they lose any chance of having a decent offensive line (which was a small chance anyway) and have totally lost any credibility with a lot of the players and fans. That $500K that they saved is going to look very small very soon.

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