Imagine Brian Urlacher wearing a uniform other than the traditional Chicago Bears blue and orange.
While that’s likely difficult to picture, Urlacher, who enters the last year of his deal understands the reality he could actually be playing for a different team in 2013, and despite his desire to stay with the club, the linebacker finds the chance of free agency somewhat exciting. NFL betting lines
“I think (team president) Ted Phillips related when they had the owners meeting they’re going to wait until the season is over; see what happens, how I play (before addressing the agreement situation),” Urlacher asserted. “It’s kind of exciting. I’ve never ever been a free agent. So if I can get to free agency we’ll see what happens. I without doubt wish to finish my career here. There’s no doubt about that. But you bring in free agency and all that you just never know what’s going to happen.”
A 12-year vet, Urlacher celebrated his 34th birthday last Friday. He enters his thirteenth season with the Chicago Bears and is in the year of a 5-year extension he signed in 2008. He is ready to earn a base salary of $7.5 million in 2012 with a cap hit of $9.7 million.
Coming off a knee injury in the 2011 season conclusion, in which he sustained damage to the medial collateral and posterior collateral ligaments in his right knee, Urlacher has collaborated sparingly in the team’s current OTA exercise programs.
Urlacher is expecting to be absolutely healthy by the time the Bears begin to train camp in July.
Having topped the 100-tackle plateau for a franchise-record 11th time in 2011 with 135 stops, Urlacher keep on to state his want is to finally retire a Bear.
“The Bears know I’d like to be here. I’ve told them that. I’ve claimed it in public, and that’s not going to change,” he revealed. “Whatever happens during the season or after the season, we’ll address it then. But they know I’d like to be here, and I suspect they need me here.”
The Bears’ intention to wait until the conclusion of the 2012 season to address the deal might appear contradictory to that. Urlacher, however, doesn’t see it that way.
Still, he’s leery of the club’s actions during the past, ie the circumstance last summer in which the team let center Olin Kreutz depart thru free agency.
Prior to joining the New Orleans Saints, Kreutz had declined more profitable offers from other teams during the past to stay with the Chicago Bears. But in spite of him making 6 Pro Bowls and beginning in a team-high 134 sequential games, the Bears made agreement offers that Kreutz’s members considered unreflective of his worth to the team.
“I realize the business side of where they’re coming from. We have got a lot of young good players here that need to get paid also. So I know how that goes,” Urlacher related. “But like I said, at the exact same time I’ve never ever been a free agent. So you also bring that into play. (Longtime franchise fixture) Olin (Kreutz) got to free agency which was a different offseason because we couldn’t be in the facility. We could not talk. So it is a little different now than his scenario. But we’ll just see what happens.”