Found March 23, 2013 on The Sports Bank:
“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 ...

Report: Cardinals not interested in Brian Urlacher

One thing we know is that Brian Urlacher won’t ever play for the Chicago Bears again. The question now is, where will he play in 2013? According to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, the Arizona Cardinals aren’t interested in fUrlacher, so you can take them off the list of possible landing spots. We now know both the Vikings and Cardinals don’t want Urlacher.  I don’t...

The Chicago Bears made ‘the right move’ clipping the great Brian Urlacher

Quizzed by the Chicago Sun Times, 12-of-13 NFL executives agreed that the one-year deal for $2 million the Bears offered free agent middle linebacker Brian Urlacher was fair. The 34-year-old Urlacher, Chicago’s pick out of the University of New Mexico with the ninth selection in the 2000 NFL Draft, reportedly refused to agree to a contract worth less than $3.5 million for the 2013...

Chicago Bears Were Right to Low-Ball Urlacher

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...

For Bears, Brian Urlacher’s Departure Is Necessary

I haven’t talked to many Chicago Bears fans who feel overjoyed that the Bears are parting ways with long-time middle linebacker Brian Urlacher. Yet despite any hard feelings fans may have for the decision, letting go of Urlacher was necessary for the Bears to move forward. It’s undeniable that Urlacher will go down as one of the best linebackers to ever play for the Bears, which...

Report: Vikings Not interested In Urlacher Unless He Lowers Price

Brian Urlacher is in search of a new team after the Bears chose to part ways and not re-sign him.  Many experts figure the Minnesota Vikings would be a logical landing spot. The Vikings and Urlacher’s camp have had some initial conversations, and there seems to be mutual interest. Pro Football Talk is reporting that the interest won’t be serious until Urlacher comes down in...

Not A Proper Goodbye: Bears Have Big Hole At Linebacker With Urlacher Officially Gone

13 seasons, 180 starts, 1,779 tackles, 41.5 sacks, 22 interceptions, 12 forced fumbles, 16 fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns. That’s what soon to be first ballot Pro Football Hall Of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher contributed in his time with the Chicago Bears. The Bears announced late Wednesday that they were unable to reach a new deal with the eight time Pro Bowl...

Bears Sign D.J. Williams To Replace Brian Urlacher

The Brian Urlacher era is officially over now that the Bears have found his temporary replacement.  USA Today is reporting that the Bears have signed former Broncos middle linebacker D.J. Williams to a one year deal. The deal gives Williams a $900,000 base salary with up to $850,000 in incentives, Williams told USA TODAY Sports’ Lindsay Jones in a text message Friday. The 30...

Bears sign D.J. Williams to replace Urlacher

According to Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears have signed former Broncos’ linebacker D.J. Williams to take over for Brian Urlacher. Williams was a heck of a player in Denver before he found trouble.  The Bears are now giving him a chance to turn things around. Williams, 30, was cut by the Broncos after a season in which he faced two suspensions, a six game suspension...

2013 NFL Free Agency: Bears Add Veteran D.J. Williams To Replace Brian Urlacher

It didn’t take long for the Chicago Bears to find Brian Urlacher’s replacement. On Friday, the Bears announced that D.J. Williams was signed to a one-year deal. The deal is worth $900,000 and isn’t guaranteed, but Williams can earn up to $1.75 in 2013 after a series of roster bonuses. Williams spent all nine of his NFL seasons with the Denver Broncos playing inside and outside...
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