Another day has passed in Chicago, and their future Hall of Fame linebacker still has yet to be re-signed. Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher is awaiting patiently for a deal to get done. When, how, and for how much are still three lingering questions.
Bears president Ted Phillips said today that he would still like to bring back the fan favorite, and he is absolutely certain he hired the right guy to decide whether or not Urlacher comes back. General Manager Phil Emery has made quite a few fans both ecstatic as well as anxious over the past week of free agency.
Taking care of the team’s two biggest needs was one way to earn the city’s trust. In signing tackle Jermon Bushrod and tight end Martellus Bennett, Emery had made yet another big splash for the second year in a row. Jay Cutler and company should have an easier time putting points on the board next season, without a doubt.
The one constant annoyance to Chicago fans however, is the fact that their team’s leader has still not been brought back. The Bears will be in a awful lot of trouble if he doesn’t end up a Bear by the start of next season. Not only will they have lost a talented player, but a leader on and off the field who is respected by everyone in that locker room.
The way I see it, Emery may even lose credibility with the team and its fans. Over the past week, teammates of Urlacher’s have gone on the record saying they want him back. Some have even tweeted questions asking where their leader is, hinting that he should be back with the team by now.
If Emery has been paying attention at all, he knows the spotlight is on him and he better not screw this one up.