Originally written on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 11/7/14

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 14: Brian Urlacher #54 of the Chicago Bears gestures during the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 14, 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
“Lip service.” Those are the exact words Brian Urlacher used to describe the Bears’ efforts to resign him. Granted, the lack of cap space and Urlacher’s recent rash of injuries put Phil Emery in an awkward situation in terms of how to operate in contract negotiations. But this disgraceful divorce from the 13-year face of the franchise will impact the Bears in this coming season as well as down the road. The decision to break off contract negotiations with Urlacher serves as a harsh reminder to fans that sports, like most everything else, revolves around the almighty dollar. The Bears ended up giving Urlacher an ultimatum: 1 year, $2 million. Take it or leave it. The Bears weren’t about to make him a cushy offer which paid him based on his prior accomplishments. In a perfect world, Phil Emery probably would have loved to offer Urlacher a three to four year deal, paying him slightly above the annual salary he’ll command on the open market. Then he’d be in a position to ride off into ...
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