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Brian Urlacher knows he needs pay cut to stay in Chicago

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Linebacker Brian Urlacher hasn’t spoken to the Bears yet this offseason, but he doesn’t need to have direct contact with them to know what it is going to take to have any shot at remaining in Chicago in 2013.

He’s going to have to take a serious cut from the $7.5 million that he made in 2012. That would probably be true based on his age (35 in May) alone, but the fact that he dealt with a variety of injuries last season only makes it more of a necessity. Urlacher has no illusions about his need to make less money next season and it sounds like he’s fine with it.

“When you look at my age and everything, it’s going to be hard to not give them a discount,” Urlacher said, via the Chicago Tribune. “I’m not going to make what I was making in the past, how about that? Does that make sense? That’s fair.”

The fact of the matter is that this isn’t just about a “hometown discount” for the Bears. If Urlacher’s going to play anywhere in 2013, he’s going to need to agree to play for a lot less money than he’s accustomed to making. Maybe he’d sign with the Bears for less than he’d be willing to sign for in another city, but it’s a new financial reality regardless of the uniform he winds up wearing.

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16 Responses to “Brian Urlacher knows he needs pay cut to stay in Chicago”
  1. ultichiva says: Jan 30, 2013 8:23 AM

    This guy has been thee MOST over rated football player since….Brett Favre

  2. fuglyflorio says: Jan 30, 2013 8:39 AM

    I think he should retire. It’s been a great run … but unless he needs the money it’s time to go.

  3. chi01town says: Jan 30, 2013 8:42 AM

    What makes me not like Urlacher is
    his loyalty to Lovie. 9 years of Urlacher’s career and NO Superbowl ring. he should be glad Lovie is gone. and the only reason he aint beating a drum right now is because he dont have a contract. and the Best offer he will get will be
    from Chicago

  4. howiehandles says: Jan 30, 2013 8:42 AM

    Players and coaches votes count for two thirds of the total votes needed to get into the Pro Bowl. He’s been to 8. Enough said. He’s a future Hall of Famer.

    And for the record, Favre is going to the Hall of Fame as well. How’s that for overrated.

    Occasionally you read a post on here that changes your opinion, or makes you think. However, the other 90% just make you realize that someone has to make the fries.

  5. 2difshoe says: Jan 30, 2013 8:47 AM

    If Urlacher is wise, he will take the pay cut, remain a Bear, enter the HOF(?able). He would likely find himself as a linebacker’s coach with the NFL. Also, the fact that he has called the D plays for several years, DC is not out of the question.

    It may behove Brian to think before the much to often fecal dialog he shares at times can have detrimental effect.

  6. mialto says: Jan 30, 2013 8:51 AM

    Urlacher is a great Bears player, and will find a place in history…give him a 2 year player contract and convert him to a Coach…if Chris “Hitman” Harris got a coaching gig so can Urlacher…with the BEARS

  7. robigd says: Jan 30, 2013 8:59 AM

    Come to Jax Brian. you could learn under Daryl Smith for a few years then move into full time laundry and helmet waxing. We might even pay you.

  8. bla bla bla says: Jan 30, 2013 9:02 AM

    “Overrated” is the most overrated Internet Cool Kid buzzword to come along in quite some time.

  9. broncostevenp says: Jan 30, 2013 9:40 AM

    The Broncos need a MLB in worst way. He would be a perfect fit in Denver.

  10. rayguyreturns says: Jan 30, 2013 10:18 AM

    A refreshing look at reality by a player.

  11. seabronco says: Jan 30, 2013 10:22 AM

    I would love if he went to Denver! That being said, I’m glad he knows he is going to make less money and not going to cry about it like the other retards in the league

  12. cometkazie says: Jan 30, 2013 10:58 AM

    Does anyone think he is in it for the money at this stage of his career?

  13. thatdamnsasquatch says: Jan 30, 2013 11:01 AM

    BRAIN54′s best option for life after football is to take whatever offer he gets from the Bears. The Bears best ‘win now’ option is to try and milk 2 more years. They should draft a few LBs and see if they land b4 investing a high draft pick.

  14. greatgallopingghost says: Jan 30, 2013 1:36 PM

    In my opinion…

    1) The Bears have been very busy with their reorganization and haven’t talked to Brian yet.
    2) Brian is making these comments to communicate his wish to stay with the team.
    3) If the Bears offer him a one year extension he’ll stay. If not, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if he announces his retirement.

    If he retires I hope the Bears have the good sense to retain him as a Line Backer Coach or Assistant Defensive Coordinator. His body might be aging but his mind has a plethora of knowledge that could be put to good use while he stays “at home” in Chicago.

    If I could talk to him I’d say;
    You’ve given your body to this sport long enough. I don’t want to see you carried broken off the field in some future game with a permanent debilitation. Retire now so the fans still remember you as a “Monster of the Midway” and not some faded star of the past. Keep in the game, coach the future.

  15. doug1grohlin says: Jan 30, 2013 8:54 PM

    People saying he’s done are just looking for a reaction or extremely naive.

    With a pay cut, he could still be very useful to The Bears. Maybe he could drop a little weight and take reduced snaps. I’m willing to take a slower, older Urlacher on the field more than anyone in a Bears uniform right now. No one lining up on that defense can lead the team like he does.

  16. iowahbr says: Jan 31, 2013 9:05 AM

    People get lost on the value of real money when they talk about athletes and movie stars. 1,000,000 per year to play football 16 times a year is a great deal of money, let alone 7,500,000.
    Hope he does stay with the Bears.

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