Dec 16, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; An injured Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) on the sideline during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field. The Packers beat the Bears 21-13. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

It’s Time to End the Brian Urlacher Standoff

The Brian Urlacher fan club is growing by the day, or so it seems.  Sunday we heard from chairman George McCaskey while today, Bears president Ted Phillips expressed his desire to see Brian Urlacher end his career as a Chicago Bear:

“The reality is we would like nothing more than for Brian to finish his career as a Bear,” Phillips said from the NFL meetings. “I still remember the day we drafted him.  He played safety in college and he’s turned into one of the best middle linebackers and Chicago Bears in history.  I hope his career ends with us.”

Here’s the interesting thing about Phillips’ statement, he isn’t saying the Bears want to resign Urlacher per se.  He’s simply stating he’d like to see Urlacher end his career in the Orange and Blue.  For all we know, that day has already come when #54 limped off the field vs the Seahawks.  Maybe Phillips just hopes Urlacher will retire to save everyone the pain and indignation of dragging this out.  Maybe I’m reading between the lines a little too closely, maybe I’m just hoping this standoff comes to a conclusion one way or another. 

Steve Rosenbloom pretty much hits the nail on the head when he states that this tip-toeing around is actually the disrespect the Bears claim they were hoping to avoid.

Fact is, the Bears are disrespecting Urlacher — and themselves — by acting weak, saying mindless things, and clearly hoping and praying someone else signs him.

If the Bears had any respect for Urlacher — and themselves — they would’ve already told him they don’t believe he can run and play the way they want and need. The Bears sound mealy-mouthed and look afraid.

It’s time for the Bears and Urlacher to come to a resolution on this.  You’re all big boys.  Put your cards on the table and make the adult the decision.  If Urlacher can still run, he should be back.  If he can’t, he should hang up the cleats.  No need to lurk around division rivals hoping that will put some public pressure on the Bears to work out a deal and up their price.

The market has pretty much been set and Urlacher isn’t getting the $5.5 million he’s reportedly seeking.  Nick Roach got $13 million for 4 years from the Raiders to play middle linebacker.  Rey Maualuga got two years for $6.5 million from the Bengals.  That seems like market value for middle linebackers who might not be as decorated but can still run and have more left in the tank.  That’s about the market price, especially considering no one else is knocking down Urlacher’s door with a deal.   Work this out or decide to move on but whatever you do, get it done.  Dragging this out just makes everyone look worse.


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  • disqus_wknna1UoZL

    Urlacker did not care for the Chicago fans, why should we care for him? Let him go, he is an embarressment

  • Jerry Richardson

    I agree, Brian Urlacher is not worth 5.5 million at this point in his career due to age and injuries. He needs to decide what he wants to do, either sign an agreement for say 2.5 mil with reasonable gurantees that could reach 5 mil based on production and performance, , , or sign with someone else, , , ,or admit that it is truly over after a great career and retire now as Bear forever. Do not get me wrong, I love Urlacher, his style of play and his passion for the game….but, I love the Bears more and this is starting to become a fiasco and disrespectful to the Bears, the team, and the fans.

  • John Mack

    Does anyone know what the Bears are “rumored” to have offered Lach? I hope he ends his career as a Bear and I think even Urlacher on 1 bum wheel is still competitive enough with 50% of the league. Before he was injured, he was the teams’s leading tackler wasn’t he? And the resoluteness of the defense left the field with him. I think we wouldn’t have lost that game to Minnesota and been in the playoffs. So I think his value is understated and under appreciated by we the fan base.

    • Jeremy Alexander

      Actually he was the worst defender on the team last year according to statistics.

      • John Mack

        Are those stats for the total year? I thought he was leading tackler prior to injury.

        • Jeremy Alexander

          I think the stats can be found on PRoFootballFocus, but I’m not sure. His leadership will be missed, but the Bears will continue on. I am kind of surprised he did not take the 2 mil and do a victory lap with the Bears and retire in style. I don’t see a lot of interest for him by other teams so I’m not sure he will not just retire. And then he says he would play for another team for the offer the Bears made him ? In spite I guess?