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ArrayFor the second year in a row, the Bears will be without a Pro Bowl linebacker for the start of their voluntary off-season program, in part because of an unresolved contract situation.

Brian Urlacher told the Tribune on Sunday he plans to skip the first day of workouts, slated to begin Monday, and left open the strong possibility that he will bypass the Bears' entire voluntary off-season program, which includes organized team activities (OTAs).[/quote]

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/cs-07...0,6564238.story
It's a little early to get too worked up about this. I seriously doubt that Urlacher wants the PR hit of a holdout through manditory workouts. Even though he still has an elite contract for the position I am sure his side will point out the nearly $40mil increase in the cap since he signed the deal and to be honest they may have a point. I really think the compromise is not necessarily to extend the deal, but to renegotiate and simply make more of the money up front and give him a nominal raise. But the Bears have a serious case to tell him "prove your healthy first" and force him to play out this upcoming season before they sit down at the table. It's also help as they'd have a better idea how much money they have left after the Harris extension.
ArrayIt's a little early to get too worked up about this. I seriously doubt that Urlacher wants the PR hit of a holdout through manditory workouts. Even though he still has an elite contract for the position I am sure his side will point out the nearly $40mil increase in the cap since he signed the deal and to be honest they may have a point. I really think the compromise is not necessarily to extend the deal, but to renegotiate and simply make more of the money up front and give him a nominal raise. But the Bears have a serious case to tell him "prove your healthy first" and force him to play out this upcoming season before they sit down at the table. It's also help as they'd have a better idea how much money they have left after the Harris extension.[/quote]

I think that this wold be the best course of action.
ArrayI think that this wold be the best course of action.[/quote]
Me too. Urlacher will have played as long as Butkus after this season, and if he makes it to the end of his contract, he'll have played as long as samurai Mike. But he does deserve a little more money. If they got some cap room this season, add some extra cash to his contract this season.
ArrayMe too. Urlacher will have played as long as Butkus after this season, and if he makes it to the end of his contract, he'll have played as long as samurai Mike. But he does deserve a little more money. If they got some cap room this season, add some extra cash to his contract this season.[/quote]

I am not totally against that but I believe the Bears risk setting a very bad precedent if they give in to this, and even though I think it might be a reasonable request by Urlacher I don't want them to do it.
No link, but ESPN2's SC Update just said that Urlacher could consider requesting a trade or even retiring (due to neck injuries) if he does not get a new deal...

I think the words could and consider are a pretty big part of that statement
ArrayNo link, but ESPN2's SC Update just said that Urlacher could consider requesting a trade or even retiring (due to neck injuries) if he does not get a new deal...

I think the words could and consider are a pretty big part of that statement[/quote]
If Urlacher goes, chalk up an 0-16 season.
Woah dude, I wouldn't go that far. Let's keep our heads on straight. This is what pisses me off with athletes. Urlacher makes a ton of money, enough to live life better than most people can even dream about, and he wants more. He's old and injured, and wants a top 5 salary. F*** that. I want him to go if he will be like this.
ArrayWoah dude, I wouldn't go that far. Let's keep our heads on straight. This is what pisses me off with athletes. Urlacher makes a ton of money, enough to live life better than most people can even dream about, and he wants more. He's old and injured, and wants a top 5 salary. F*** that. I want him to go if he will be like this.[/quote]

It's really just posturing at this point. He's giving his starting point for negotiations and the Bears will counter. I've been thinking more recently that this might be the worst thing ever. Urlacher's deal runs through 2011 and many people feel that the injuries and age (which will eat at his best asset, speed) means he might not be effective for too much longer. The Bears could use this too work out an "extention" which gives him more money and more up front money, but that gives the Bears more options to get out of the contract after the 2009 or 2010 season. At the end of the day Urlacher is not going anywhere and some sort of resolution will be reached.
ArrayIf Urlacher goes, chalk up an 0-16 season.[/quote]
Oh come on.:rolleyes:
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