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(Chicago Trib)   Brian Urlacher figures the best way to piss off the Bears organization is by talking with the Vikings   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 124
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2013-03-14 08:48:57 AM
Do what you gotta do, man. I don't want a team I like to try to fit loyalty under a salary cap.
 
2013-03-14 09:00:46 AM

The Great EZE: Do what you gotta do, man. I don't want a team I like to try to fit loyalty under a salary cap.


It all evens out. Back in the day the Bears got Alan Page from Minnesota when he was old and worn-out, although back then the Vikings still played proper outdoor football and not nancified high tea under a dome.
 
2013-03-14 09:04:46 AM
Hasn't Urlacher missed something like half of the last 2 seasons with injuries? He won't end up with the Vikings.

I will bet he will go to Dallas, where Jerry Jones still thinks he can get miracle seasons out of older stars.
 
2013-03-14 09:09:24 AM
Well, Jenny McCarthy's done with him, so maybe he's got his mojo back.
 
2013-03-14 09:13:15 AM

Slives: Hasn't Urlacher missed something like half of the last 2 seasons with injuries? He won't end up with the Vikings.

I will bet he will go to Dallas, where Jerry Jones still thinks he can get miracle seasons out of older stars.


He played 12 games last year and 16 the previous two seasons. The Bears are losing a lot of good faith with fans, if they struggle early next year it's gonna be ugly.
 
2013-03-14 09:18:16 AM
Between this and Favre the Vikings are the trolls of the league.
 
2013-03-14 09:20:11 AM
I guess there is a price on dignity.
 
2013-03-14 09:20:16 AM
Oh, for fark's sake, this is the NFL.  It's a business.  Your contract's up, your contract's up.  The team will be more than happy to cut you lose the moment you're no longer able to play at a high enough level; you'd be stupid not to treat them with the exact same level of loyalty.  Get as much money as you possibly can, playing for whomever you can.
 
2013-03-14 09:28:45 AM

meanmutton: Oh, for fark's sake, this is the NFL.  It's a business.  Your contract's up, your contract's up.  The team will be more than happy to cut you lose the moment you're no longer able to play at a high enough level; you'd be stupid not to treat them with the exact same level of loyalty.  Get as much money as you possibly can, playing for whomever you can.


yeah, if you're loyal to him as a fan then let him get one last giant pay day with a clean conscience.  He gave you 13 seasons, you can forgive him for 1 or 2.

I was okay with Favre leaving, how he handled it was the shiatty part.
 
2013-03-14 09:28:52 AM

downtownkid: Between this and Favre the Vikings are the trolls of the league.


Dan Snyder laughs at their shenanigans.
 
2013-03-14 09:39:06 AM

downtownkid: Between this and Favre the Vikings are the trolls of the league.


You forgot Warren Moon, Roger Craig, Randall Cunningham...I'm sure there's more.  At least we have all those Super Bowl trophies to help us sleep at night.
 
2013-03-14 09:42:07 AM

Urlacher wants 5.5 millionish.

Why the fark would we cut 36 year old Winfield, who had 110 tackles at 35 years old at 7.25 mill and then go after 35 year old Urlacher?

Spielman, you suck at free agency.


OR


So he plays WR now? SWEET!

Spielman, you suck at free agency.
 
2013-03-14 09:46:08 AM

Jim from Saint Paul: OR


So he plays WR now? SWEET!

Spielman, you suck at free agency.


Hey, Jennings is talking to him, too.

/probably need to re-consider the "get players from division rivals after the division rivals decide they're not useful to them anymore" strategy
//there is that chance you get 2009 Favre out of it...but probably not
 
2013-03-14 09:58:37 AM
thumbnails.hulu.com

Bearss vs. Vikings, Urlacher plays da entire game in a Vikings jersey. Who ya got?

BEARSS 146, Vikings 10
 
2013-03-14 10:02:15 AM
I think Urlacher will end up back with the Bears, although for substantially less money than he's looking for. His main value now is intangibles, and he'll bring more value to the Bears than anyone else. The knee and hamstring injuries slowed him up a lot this year. As recently as 2011 he was still covering the middle pretty solidly, but that player is gone.
 
2013-03-14 10:09:38 AM

BunkoSquad: [thumbnails.hulu.com image 384x288]

Bearss vs. Vikings, Urlacher plays da entire game in a Vikings jersey. Who ya got?

BEARSS 146, Vikings 10


IAmRight: Jim from Saint Paul: OR


So he plays WR now? SWEET!

Spielman, you suck at free agency.

Hey, Jennings is talking to him, too.

/probably need to re-consider the "get players from division rivals after the division rivals decide they're not useful to them anymore" strategy
//there is that chance you get 2009 Favre out of it...but probably not


Let's be clear here, Urlacher WOULD be an upgrade over Jasper Briknely. Considering we aren;t even resiging that guy, Urlacer wouldn;t be any worse then what we had last year.

I just don;t understand the priorities this team though. Cut one old guy who's getting "overpaid" to bring in another with the same problem? Makes you look pretty stupid frankly.

McMahon, Favre and Longwell all had productive years here. Longwell won multiple games for us even.
 
2013-03-14 10:23:05 AM
I'm going with this being a negotiating tool.  Da Bears don't like ex-Bears ending up on NFC North rosters.  By talking with a nearby team (NFC North), it shows that Urlacher is serious about considering other offers, but pressuring Da Bears to make a plunge for a little more than they may want to in order to prevent a rival from acquiring someone who knows the entire defense like the back of his hand.

If an NFC North rival gets Urlacher...he's basically a 'How-To-Win' manual.
 
2013-03-14 10:26:57 AM

Jim from Saint Paul: Longwell won multiple games for us even.


Yeah, but kickers are kickers. Teams let decent ones go all the time.
 
2013-03-14 10:41:18 AM
free agency thread?  Cassel just added another incompletion: his contract.
 
2013-03-14 10:45:05 AM
We don't want him.
 
2013-03-14 10:46:47 AM
The guy's value as a field general is the most intangible factor here. The defense plays much better when he's on the field, calling out assignments and such.

Sign him to a substantial one-year deal, then draft his replacement. (And no, for fark's sake, I'm not talking about Manti the Catfish.)
 
2013-03-14 10:48:03 AM

IAmRight: Jim from Saint Paul: OR


So he plays WR now? SWEET!

Spielman, you suck at free agency.

Hey, Jennings is talking to him, too.

/probably need to re-consider the "get players from division rivals after the division rivals decide they're not useful to them anymore" strategy
//there is that chance you get 2009 Favre out of it...but probably not


But that worked so well when the Redskins got McNabb!
 
2013-03-14 10:48:29 AM

DeathByGeekSquad: I'm going with this being a negotiating tool.  Da Bears don't like ex-Bears ending up on NFC North rosters.  By talking with a nearby team (NFC North), it shows that Urlacher is serious about considering other offers, but pressuring Da Bears to make a plunge for a little more than they may want to in order to prevent a rival from acquiring someone who knows the entire defense like the back of his hand.

If an NFC North rival gets Urlacher...he's basically a 'How-To-Win' manual.


I wouldn't worry about that much. With a completely overhauled offense this year and a defense that'll need to adjust in a couple of years as well the intel he'd be abel to provide is pretty much worthless.
 
2013-03-14 10:53:43 AM
Urlacher needs to retire as a bear :(
 
2013-03-14 10:59:37 AM

thecpt: free agency thread?  Cassel just added another incompletion: his contract.


They were actually trying to shop him for a late-round pick, which I thought was hilarious
 
2013-03-14 11:20:14 AM
As a bears fan, I say Goodbye Urlacher.  Your to old.
 
2013-03-14 11:29:14 AM
oh gawd.  so many lols.  The Vikes are interested in Cassel.  Please, for the love of buttfumble make that happen.
 
2013-03-14 11:39:27 AM

thecpt: oh gawd.  so many lols.  The Vikes are interested in Cassel.  Please, for the love of buttfumble make that happen.


He'd be better then Webb.
 
2013-03-14 12:07:09 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: thecpt: oh gawd.  so many lols.  The Vikes are interested in Cassel.  Please, for the love of buttfumble make that happen.

He'd be better then Webb.


A 6th lineman for Peterson would be better than having Webb at QB.
 
2013-03-14 12:14:44 PM

MNguy: downtownkid: Between this and Favre the Vikings are the trolls of the league.

You forgot Warren Moon, Roger Craig, Randall Cunningham...I'm sure there's more.  At least we have all those Super Bowl trophies to help us sleep at night.


Yeah and Fark you all if Jennings signs today.
 
2013-03-14 12:20:40 PM
Urlacher has been too busy scaring off DirecTV and Dish installers so the people in the greater Chicagoland area are stuck using Comcast.
 
2013-03-14 12:27:50 PM

deanis: MNguy: downtownkid: Between this and Favre the Vikings are the trolls of the league.

You forgot Warren Moon, Roger Craig, Randall Cunningham...I'm sure there's more.  At least we have all those Super Bowl trophies to help us sleep at night.

Yeah and Fark you all if Jennings signs today.


It wouldn't be my first choice, but it kinda fits right in there with their MO
 
2013-03-14 12:40:18 PM
Redskins sign 6'-8" RT Trueblood, was originally just supposed to come meet with team, guess they figured that wasn't necessary.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/football-insider/wp/2013/03/14/r ed skins-agree-to-terms-with-jeremy-trueblood/
 
2013-03-14 12:47:57 PM
Meanwhile, the Vikings figure the best way to piss off their fanbase is cut all the popular (and good) players and continue to spend as little money as possible now that they have their shiny new house.
 
2013-03-14 12:53:40 PM

Slives: Hasn't Urlacher missed something like half of the last 2 seasons with injuries? He won't end up with the Vikings.

I will bet he will go to Dallas, where Jerry Jones still thinks he can get miracle seasons out of older stars.


Dallas doesn't have the money unless Urlacher decides to just suddenly work for a massive discount.
 
2013-03-14 12:54:41 PM

Mr_Fabulous: The guy's value as a field general is the most intangible factor here. The defense plays much better when he's on the field, calling out assignments and such.

Sign him to a substantial one-year deal, then draft his replacement. (And no, for fark's sake, I'm not talking about Manti the Catfish.)


It's kind of funny, because earlier this year Urlacher even said in an interview that he's gone from the guy who makes all the tackles to being the "high-5 guy" (the guy who high-5's the guy who made the tackle). So he knows that the end is near. He said he'd retire this year if the Bears get to the Super Bowl (back when the Bears were racking up wins against bottom-barrel teams early in the season).

I can't fault the guy for seeing what his value is worth around the league, and you never know what a Jerry Jones-ish owner will lavish on a big-name, past-his-prime guy for a good-bye paycheck.  I really can't see him moving to another team at this point, I think he knows that this next year will be it as a player and then wind up as a linebacker coach somewhere. That might even be part of the sales pitch while shopping around.
 
2013-03-14 12:59:07 PM

VvonderJesus: Meanwhile, the Vikings figure the best way to piss off their fanbase is cut all the popular (and good) players and continue to spend as little money as possible now that they have their shiny new house.


I can't believe they didn't make a stronger play for Welker.  Harvin had to go, and we got a good return.  Winfield is like 36 and counted for about 6mil (?) against the cap.  There's still offseasoon left for them to make some moves.
 
2013-03-14 01:11:44 PM
Urlacher hasn't been a good player in at least 5 seasons.
 
2013-03-14 01:50:50 PM
Nnamdi allegedly down to Niners and Saints.

Chiefs pick up Sean Smith and Dunta Robinson.
 
2013-03-14 01:51:54 PM

Fallout Zone: Jim from Saint Paul: thecpt: oh gawd.  so many lols.  The Vikes are interested in Cassel.  Please, for the love of buttfumble make that happen.

He'd be better then Webb.

A 6th lineman for Peterson would be better than having Webb at QB.


Having Kluwe punt on 1st down would be better than having Webb at QB.
 
2013-03-14 01:56:08 PM

VvonderJesus: Meanwhile, the Vikings figure the best way to piss off their fanbase is cut all the popular (and good) players and continue to spend as little money as possible now that they have their shiny new house.


Dear God this.
 
2013-03-14 01:56:42 PM
We're all richer for having experienced The Joe Webb Era.
 
2013-03-14 01:58:57 PM

deanis: MNguy: downtownkid: Between this and Favre the Vikings are the trolls of the league.

You forgot Warren Moon, Roger Craig, Randall Cunningham...I'm sure there's more.  At least we have all those Super Bowl trophies to help us sleep at night.

Yeah and Fark you all if Jennings signs today.


It's funny.  All these Minny fans:  "Come play with the best RB in the league!"  Yes, because if there's one thing a WR wants, it's to play on a team with a game-managing QB whose offense features the RB.

The derp is strong with Minnesota fans.

Jennings is doing this to increase the offer from the Packers.  And I have no problem with him doing it.  Pay the good man, TT!
 
2013-03-14 01:59:49 PM
Clearly, it's time Urlacher step aside and allow the Bushrod era to begin in Chicago.


/Bushrod
 
2013-03-14 02:02:50 PM
I wouldn't mind having Urlacher back in a Bears uniform, though not for the amount of money he's probably looking for. The Bears don't have much room to work with cap-wise, so they have to be smart about where they spend the rest of their money, and filling the huge holes at TE and LT just ate up a lot of their cap room. They could try getting Julius to rework his monster contract to be more cap friendly, but I doubt that's gonna happen.

/they're in this predicament because Jerry Angelo couldn't draft for shiat
//no, I don't want Manti Teo either
 
2013-03-14 02:03:41 PM

japlemon: Jennings is doing this to increase the offer from the Packers.  And I have no problem with him doing it.  Pay the good man, TT!


At the same time we're going to have some serious cap issues next year and we need to think defense.  We have 3 really good receivers (yes jones, you got upgraded to really good.  DONT FARK IT UP), and now we have a historically dependable RB.   think Jennings should not be our priority and definitely not worth more than 10mil.
 
2013-03-14 02:05:17 PM
and Rashard is a cardinal for the next year.
 
2013-03-14 02:05:19 PM

DeathByGeekSquad: If an NFC North rival gets Urlacher...he's basically a 'How-To-Win' manual.


How-to-Win against the Bears.  V1.0
On Defense:
Double cover Brandon Marshall.
Blitz one linebacker from varying spots, their O-Line is worthless, you'll get 10+ sacks a game.
They'll never score.

On Offense:
Rush the ball over and over until you get one field goal.
Just kneel on the ball the rest of the game.

On Special Teams:
Kick all punts straight out of bounds.

The Bears go 0-16 losing all games 0-3.
 
2013-03-14 02:13:24 PM

lennavan: The Bears go 0-16 losing all games 0-3.


If that happens the year Johnny Football decides to turn pro, it will be worth it.

/though with the Bears' luck, some crap AFC team also goes 0-16 and wins the coin flip
 
2013-03-14 02:13:41 PM

lennavan: On Offense:
Rush the ball over and over until you get one field goal.
Just kneel on the ball the rest of the game.


I think you forgot "8-12 yard passes to the well known gaps in the cover 2"
 
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