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Should Bears cut Brian Urlacher?

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09:58 AM ET 08.26 | Brian Urlacher may be the heart of the Bears, but if the pump in the middle of the machine is busted, you either fix it or get a new one. Urlacher just needs more time to rehab his injured left knee. He'll be fine by the season opener, 14 days from now, at Soldier Field against the Indianapolis Colts. That's what Urlacher has been saying. That's what coach Lovie Smith has been saying. That's what teammates have been saying. But how do they know? They don't. And here's the thing. The Bears have to decide no more than 13 days from now -- the Saturday before that opener -- if Urlacher is all that he's supposed to be, all that he once was, or at least a good-enough replica of his eight-time Pro Bowl self that he can hold down his expensive spot in the middle. That Saturday, Sept. 8, is the last day the Bears could release Urlacher and be off the hook for his $7.5 million 2012 salary. Keep him until Sunday and they owe him everything. But $7.5 million is a lot of cap space. It's money that can't go to free agents. It's money that can't be used to tie up quarterback Jay Cutler for more years.

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August 26, 2012  10:00 AM ET

Why Not, Bros?

August 26, 2012  10:03 AM ET

"It's money that can't be used to tie up quarterback Jay Cutler for more years." And that's a problem because . . . . . ?

August 26, 2012  10:04 AM ET

Keep Urlacher, use a rope to tie up crybaby cutler

August 26, 2012  10:08 AM ET

Cut him. If you can fix some of that OL with other teams cuts, then do it. If not? Well, jeesh, you resign him for less. Nobody else wants him not knowing his health. Not hard to figure out, not hard at all.

August 26, 2012  10:15 AM ET

He'll never be the same player he was.....not saying he's gonna be a bad player ...just not the impact guy the Bears laid out $7.5mil for.....

August 26, 2012  10:24 AM ET

Tough choice for Da Bears, cap space leaves no room for sentimentality any more...

August 26, 2012  10:30 AM ET

yea loyality is over rated

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August 26, 2012  10:46 AM ET
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Cut him. If you can fix some of that OL with other teams cuts, then do it. If not? Well, jeesh, you resign him for less. Nobody else wants him not knowing his health. Not hard to figure out, not hard at all.

You probably can't fix the O-line at this point. There aren't any players out there being cut who would be much of an improvement over what's already there (even for the Bears). They have to run with what they brung, which means that Cutler will get hurt again.

Cutting Urlacher is a tough step. You'd like to think he would get the chance to retire a Bear, but it looks like he's convinced he can play beyond the time his body can withstand the pounding of the game.

August 26, 2012  10:50 AM ET

Wow. Bears should cut Urlacher, Dallas tries plan D on managing Dez. Depressing stories today. There were a whole bunch of games played yesterday and this is all the interns could come up with?

August 26, 2012  11:01 AM ET
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Wow. Bears should cut Urlacher, Dallas tries plan D on managing Dez. Depressing stories today. There were a whole bunch of games played yesterday and this is all the interns could come up with?

How abouthe Steelers David DeCastro with a torn MCL, possibly ACL also, NOW THAT'S DEPRESSING

August 26, 2012  11:05 AM ET
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How abouthe Steelers David DeCastro with a torn MCL, possibly ACL also, NOW THAT'S DEPRESSING

That was nasty looking. Hate to see it happen to anyone. Did you hear Big Ben ripping playing Field Turf after the game? You can't remove knee injuries from the game, but maybe they could do something about playing on a surface that doesn't guarantee knee injuries.

August 26, 2012  11:07 AM ET

Really, what is Urlacher suppose to say at this point? " My knee is still a mess , no way will I be much good this year so keep the $7.5 million?"

August 26, 2012  11:08 AM ET
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How abouthe Steelers David DeCastro with a torn MCL, possibly ACL also, NOW THAT'S DEPRESSING

Yes it is.

August 26, 2012  11:12 AM ET

How bout cutting him and Cutler, and get a real quarterback. In fact well give u Orton back cause he's about as worthless as Cutler..........

August 26, 2012  11:12 AM ET

Here's the rub: if you do cut him, who do you replace him with at this point? I would think the time to decide to move on from a 12 year vet who has had injury issues would have been the draft or the start of free agency and not two weeks before you are on the hook for $7.5 million.

August 26, 2012  11:16 AM ET

Losing your girl and job in one month? Lock up the ammo.

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August 26, 2012  11:23 AM ET

At this point, the Bears are slightly better than the Vikings. Management hasn't been great in years. Cutler is still being considered the savior and has proven nothing. Urlacher is still their best option in the middle. The O Line offers up as much protection as a slice of swiss cheese. They have a coach who would rather stick with the status quo than make bold moves (still puzzled by "Rex is our Quarterback.")

Rebuilding is the operative word in Chicago. They started in January by getting rid of Angelo and hiring new GM Emery. They should have taken steps during the draft. Give them a year to evaluate and then lots of offseason work to become competitive again. I expect this to be Urlacher's gimme year and an opportunity to rework his contract and stay on as the mentor for the youth movement.

 
August 26, 2012  11:25 AM ET
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Losing your girl and job in one month? Lock up the ammo.

Not just any girl either. Anyone that says she's getting old must not have reached 30 yet because I'd gladly be hitting the waiver wires for her if I could afford to.

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