As I said before, this team follows their leader. I feel if Urlacher shows he has bought into this new coaching staff, the rest of the D (including vets) will as well. $4 million is a no-brainer amount to pay for a top 5 D...I 100% for bringing him back. No need to rehash the reasons, as you did a great job of covering that. I think he needs to get resigned and then him and Mel Tucker need to sit down and discuss the defense like Cutler and Trestman will be discussing the offense. I think getting him to buy in would transition the defense from Lovie to Mel or Trestman. With Lovie and Marinelli gone, Urlacher is really all that is left of the leadership on this team and he is the most important player.
There is no doubt about Urlachers ability to keep this teams defense running in top 5 form. With Urlacher on the field, since 2000, the Bears have an overall ranking of #3 in scoring D, and #6 in yardage, #1 in turnovers, and #1 in defensive TD's. Those are some amazing stats. Without him on the field, the D falls to #23 in scoring and #21 in yards. (I compiled these numbers myself... Not fun) We also just don't win without Urlacher.
Over the years Urlacher has only missed games in 3 seasons:
- In 2004, we were 0-7 without Urlacher
- In 2009, we were 7-8 without Urlacher
- Last year we were 2-2 without Urlacher
That paints a picture right there that Urlacher needs to be brought back for a season or two. The Bears do not have is replacement on the roster and even if they get someone in FA or the draft you are still missing that important leadership. I would like nothing more than for Urlacher to come back this season and dominate like he use to before last season and the knee injury. I think with an offseason to train and be able to practice is going to make all the difference. Yes Urlacher is getting older, but there is no one out there that can lead and keep this defence top 5 next year.
What you don't do (IMO) is not talk to him. You make the guy happy NOW by opening the discussion channels - even if you don't come to an agreement on terms later. I also think you pay the guy $3-4 million (which I think he will think is fair) while drafting his replacement. Maybe Urlacher makes it through the whole season again. Maybe he hands over the torch and coaches up his replacement
The last thing you want to do is piss the guy off. We do not need another Krutez debacle. Urlacher is all for giving a home team discount and if I were Emery I would be talking to Urlacher's Agent and gauge what he is looking for and then be able to hammer out a contract.
A fairwell tour would reap millions for the Bears
Urlacher needs to retire a Bear. He has given so much to the organization and the Fans. he deserves to be treated the way he has treated us all.
What you don't do (IMO) is not talk to him. You make the guy happy NOW by opening the discussion channels - even if you don't come to an agreement on terms later.Absolutely! This has to begin now. I want this resolved before FA starts and there's still plenty of time to do it. If the Bears are proactive. Well Emery and Trestman have both spoken recently about the need to move forward with purpose and a sense of urgency, so lets see it. Based on what i think i know about Emery so far, i believe this gets sorted one way or another before FA.
I also think you pay the guy $3-4 million (which I think he will think is fair) while drafting his replacement.This is right where i am too. But would Urlacher accpet say $3mil? That would be less than a third of last years wage, thats a huge paycut. I'm still not convinced a deal gets done, i have a feeling there may be more distance between both parties numbers than Urlacher thinks. But if they can get him to agree, a 1year $4mil deal is the smart move here.
If you look at the Pro's and Con's the Pro's far outweigh the Con's to keeping him. I just don't see how Emery doesn't make this happen unless Urlacher makes unreasonable money demands which by the sounds of the interviews, he is not going to. He will not get a lot on the open market, Ray Lewis tried a few years back and he couldn't get what he wanted. From all accounts, Urlacher sounds ready to come back and lets hope Emery can get it done.
Aggie and i were talking about this on another thread. The most important thing here imo is, would the Bears D be better with or without Urlacher?
This is right where i am too. But would Urlacher accpet say $3mil?
So if your Emery and Trestman, what do you do?What I would do? I'd sit him down and lay it out like this. Look, we want you; youre a big leader of the D, and the lockerroom. Guys listen to you. We want you to be on our side as we move forward with our plan to win the superbowl. You are going to have to take a pay cut; not massive, but definitely noticable; somewhere in the 4-5 mil category. You're stil the face; and we need it on the D. I'm willing to give you a one year contract worth 4 million, 2 years 8 million. Thats modest, and as we work on opening more cap space (easily done); you arent breaking the bank or a bad contract to have. If your demands are higher than 4 we are open to negotiations; but we are not paying you 9.5 mil again. If you are seeking that we are going to be moving on.
On Tuesday, we touched on some linebackers the [Chicago Bears] [may consider adding to their roster] this offseason, regardless of whether [Brian Urlacher] ends up playing with the team in 2013. But what about Urlacher? Will he return to play next season? Will it be with the Bears? While speaking on the [Waddle & Silvy Show] on ESPN 1000 Tuesday, Urlacher confirmed his intention to play in 2013 and that he would be willing to give a hometown discount to the Bears.
"When you look at my age and everything, it's going to be hard to not give them a discount. I'm not going to make what I was making in the past, how about that? Does that make sense? That's fair," he said.
He granted that he has yet to talk to new coach Marc Trestman, but it appears his plan is to suit up as usual in a Bears uniform. Urlacher's base salary was $7.5 million in 2012, a number that clearly would have to drop if he is going to rejoin the team.
3 might be a bit low. 4 might be a bit high. Pretty sure he would take something in that range... I even heard one report saying (speculating) he would take 3-4 million from another team. Which would indicate that he may even take less from the Bears.
2 year deal with 4 million guaranteed, and playing bonuese worth a couple mil in 2014 (I think) would be an instant signature.
If the Bears don't/can't resign Idonije, Okoye, or Collins... DL could surface as a need in FA and/or the draft. Collins ( RFA ) is a good bet to return.
Or maybe the better option is move Briggs to the middle and bring in a young LB if they think they don't already have ne on the team.
As important, Mel Tucker generally coaches a 2-gap DMongo, in your opinion can McClellen or Wooten handle the responsibilities of DE in a 2 gap scheme, or will we have to move Idonije back to DE?