To a man, every player on this defense will tell you that Urlacher is the unequivocal leader of this defense, you can't underestimate the value in that especially after losing Marinelli and Lovie.
Like Mongo said, I have a feeling Tucker is asking for him back, it will make his transition a lot easier as well and give him a huge advantage in maintaining the defensive success we have had in the past.
BUT heck, if a Seau can leave San Diego ...San Diego is far from a model franchise in any decision they make. This is a team that let Drew Brees just walk away. The Bears need to take a hard look at the Ravens because Urlacher and Lewis are very similar in terms of what they have meant to their paticular teams defense. Ray Lewis has had Marvin Lewis, Rex Ryan, Mike Nolan, Chuck Pagano, etc. go through there as defensive coordinator during his tenure as MLB for the Ravens. He was the one constant with all those guys rotating through as DC's, and don't think for a second that is some sort of coincidence. It would be a huge mistake to let Urlacher walk. The Ravens faced this same question a few years ago and they brought him back, how did that work out for them?
San Diego is far from a model franchise in any decision they make. This is a team that let Drew Brees just walk away.wouldn't necessarily pen Brees, he was coming off a injury and having a high draft pick QB in Rivers in the bullpen and the pressure to play him, made the decision for the Chargers to let go Brees. For Seau, heck he wanted a shot at a ring, I can't blame him. For Urlacher ... be it money or championships, I as a Bear fan hope he's one of the keys to a championship but as I mentioned if Dallas or any other team over values a need for a LB, that is something we as fans can't control
My friend said Urlacher is looking for $5M over 2 years, but I can't confirm this.
If he isn't signed, other teams can begin talking to him tonight at 11pm, and he's officially a FA tomorrow at 3pm.
Michael Wright said the following about Urlacher:
Well, in what we can all consider a bad 2012 season for Urlacher, the supposed old guy ranked among the top 10 in the NFL for lowest percentage of first downs and touchdowns (3.08 percent) allowed, according to Pro Football Focus. That's interesting considering he was never fully healthy after undergoing multiple knee procedures, and never 100 percent in football shape.
That's not to say Urlacher didn't struggle. According to Pro Football Focus, Urlacher graded negatively against the run over the first four games and positively only once all season. Despite missing four games and playing pretty much all but his last few essentially on one good leg, Urlacher still put up respectable numbers (88 tackles, seven tackles for lost yardage, four quarterback pressures, seven pass breakups, one interception returned for a touchdown, two forced fumbles and recoveries) that were better than a good portion of his peers.
I agree with Mongo, if that deal is on the table, it is really hard to believe that he is not signed already. His numbers were not horrible last season and there is no way he can be in worse shape this season. For any of you that think there something better out there, read the above numbers and tell me who else is out there that can be a top 10 MLB at his age on one leg. Get it done.
If this is accurate, and Emery doesn't move forward, you can feel free to remove that "Might" from your avatar.completely agree which leads to ...
For any of you that think there something better out there, read the above numbers and tell me who else is out there that can be a top 10 MLB at his age on one leg. Get it done.which by all means at the 2 years 5 Mil isn't bad, heck Urlacher would be a upgrade to SEVERAL teams at this point ... get this done quick
For any of you that think there something better out there, read the above numbers and tell me who else is out there that can be a top 10 MLB at his age on one leg.