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Thursday, September 29th, 2016

URLACHER RETIRE? SEE YA…

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So Brian Urlacher is threating to retire. Thanks for the memories.

When the initial story came out about Urlacher wanting to renegotiate his deal, I thought it was a brilliant move by his reps. He has a back issue and he’s coming off neck surgery. He’ll be 30 next month. A future contract after this one ends–4 years from now– is anything but a certainty. He’s trying to maximize his earnings before it’s time to call it a career. I get it.

But threaten to retire? From the Mike Mulligan column:

“One NFL insider laughed off the situation as the equivalent of a child taking his ball and going home or threatening to hold his breath until he passes out.

”Urlacher has no leverage,” the source said. ”He wants to be paid, right? If he takes a medical [retirement], then he’s got to prove he’s hurt. If he does that, he’ll never get paid. They’re not going to trade him. All he can do is be disruptive.

”It’s a joke. Players never walk away from millions. They threaten to, but they never do it.”

The Bears won’t even blink at this. Urlacher has 4 years left on his deal and not an ounce of leverage. I understand trying to get a new deal. But Urlacher comes off as a petulant brat. And at this stage of the game, one that has an over-inflated opinion of himself. He’s just not that important anymore.

  • PB

    What’s funny is how fast people switched from wearing Urlacher to Hester jerseys. Sorebacker was a God in this town. Not so much now. I wonder how his blog on foxsports.com is doing? What a tool. FIRE MILLEN MANG!

  • dhaab

    Most overrated player in the NFL? Remember that one? LOL

    The way I see it, Brian has had about 3 really good/great seasons as a Bear. The others are pretty forgettable with last season being the absolute worst. He should sign a different agent because this tactic is ridiculous.

  • http://www.meaninglis.com Lis

    Yeah 123 tackles 5 sacks 5 interceptions while playing injured is pretty lousy.

    54 is a tool and pulling a Scotty Pippin but he’s far from being an average player.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    And one of those interceptions was returned for a TD.

    He really came on strong the second half of the season. I’d love him to stay here. But I don’t want my favorite team going around and renegotiating deals for players coming off injuries with 4 years left on their current deal.

    I read today the Bears offered him a year extension. If he’s wise he’ll sign that right quick.

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  • dhaab

    Okay, maybe my analysis of his season was off, but he should get 100 tackles in his sleep playing in the middle of that defense.

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