Found March 22, 2013 on Know It All Football:
The Bears were right. Maybe it was “lip service”, as Brian Urlacher said. Call it what you will, but by remaining firm with their offer of one year, $2 million, the Chicago Bears administration did the best thing for their organization from both a financial and performance standpoint. Too many teams wait too long to cut ties with guys and overpay them out of loyalty. Those teams don’t compete for championships. If anything, the Bears were late in letting Urlacher go. Ideally, you get rid of a guy before he starts to decline, not after. The hard part is trying to figure out when a player’s best days are behind him. The cold hard facts for Urlacher and his passionate fans are as follows: Urlacher will be 35 years old when the 2013 season starts. He has played 14 seasons — three of them injury shortened — at arguably the games most violent position. His stats are telling the only story you need to know. During Urlacher’s first eight seasons, he never averaged less than 7.25 tackles per...
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