When news first broke that the Chicago Bears would be severing ties with MLB Brian Urlacher, NFL fans took a side one way or another. Some believed that the Bears were stingy for not bringing the 13-year veteran back, but some took one look at Urlacher’s current condition and commended the move. Understanding the circumstances and the fact that the Bears choked away the 2011 and 2012 campaigns, I was packing #54′s bags long before March.
Bears general manager Phil Emery is in no position to give a 34-year-old a big contract and was justified in his decision to decline further negotiations between the two parties. It has been nearly a month since the Bears decided to part ways and now the chairman of the board is opening Pandora’s box once again.
George McCaskey was quoted saying “I said going into the process I’d be heartbroken if he didn’t come back and I am.” Well, isn’t that just the saddest little thing you have ever heard? Give me a break, the Bears have been made a mockery of by the Green Bay Packers and should not be clinging onto an injury-prone linebacker who has little to no “leadership” value. By the way, if Urlacher was such an emotional force in the locker room than why are the Bears a lowly 6-10 in the second-half of the last two seasons combined?
There is a reason no other NFL team has signed Urlacher and the Bears need to put him in the rearview mirror before they get sucked into another season of botched expectations. I would be outraged if the Bears brought Urlacher back in 2013 and so would a mass amount of Bears fans–I’m sure McCaskey would throw a picnic of sorts. Whatever.