There’s been plenty of questions this offseason surrounding the Chicago Bears and whether or not Brian Urlacher would return for the 2013 season. The potential Hall of Fame linebacker has spent his entire career with the Bears and has played a key leadership role on defense, but all good things must come to an end at some point in the world of football–which appears to be the case in this situation.
Chicago offered Urlacher a “take it or leave it” deal in which he would be under a one-year contract worth $2 million for the 2013 season–which the linebacker obviously wasn’t too happy about. Urlacher originally was hoping for a two-year deal in the range of $11.5 million, but Chicago made it clear how they believed it was way too much money for a player that’s going to be 35 heading into next season.
The Bears have every reason in the world to deny Urlacher the chance of a two-year deal as hefty as the one he wanted, but they should at least consider negotiating with the linebacker considering everything he’s done for the team throughout his career. For player that will most likely be in the Hall of Fame some day, Chicago could have at least attempted to work out a new deal to make sure Urlacher finished his career out with the Bears.
Instead, Urlacher feels like the organization slapped him in the face with their take it or leave it offer–which he has every reason in the world to feel that way.
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