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Phil Emery has no regrets on Brian Urlacher situation

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12:25 PM ET 04.17 | Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery isn't dwelling on how the Brian Urlacher situation was handled. Emery offered the long-time star a one year, $2 million deal which Urlacher turned down. From there, Chicago meade it clear Urlacher was no longer a part of its plans, moving in the direction of younger players. Looking back, Emery has no regrets on how the negotiations went down, according to CSNChicago.com. Emery acknowledged it was a tough spot and the players aren't exactly happy about it, but they are moving on as well. In 2012, Urlacher made 68 tackles in 12 games, his lowest total outside of 2009 when he played in only the season opener. At 34 years old, Urlacher has compiled 41.5 sacks and 22 interceptions as the lynch pin in the Bears 4-3 system. Urlacher is still a free agent and has already stated he might have to accept the reality of retirement, although he wants to continue playing.

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April 17, 2013  12:28 PM ET

Nor should he. No easy way to release the once "face" of your franchise.

April 17, 2013  12:36 PM ET

Any true football fan whether a Bears fan or not, knows Urlacher is done. It's only the dellusional fans that cry about the releasing of fan favorites.

April 17, 2013  12:37 PM ET

Urlacher's pride is bigger than his play. If he does not figure that out the league will do it for him. It already has.

April 17, 2013  12:56 PM ET

It's always sad watching a once great player who just doesn't get that it's time to call it a day. This dude was a monster for a long time, but it's time to wake up later in the day and play golf and enjoy the bank account.

April 17, 2013  01:42 PM ET

Brian, That's about all your going to get!

April 17, 2013  03:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

It's always sad watching a once great player who just doesn't get that it's time to call it a day. This dude was a monster for a long time, but it's time to wake up later in the day and play golf and enjoy the bank account.

I was telling my boss this, just the other day...

April 17, 2013  05:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I was telling my boss this, just the other day...

I tried...he just told me to get my butt back to work.

April 17, 2013  07:22 PM ET

Next to Dick Butkus, Brian U was the best all-time Bears ML. Sad to see him go, but the team has got to have more youth. Ogletree, if drafted by Bears, will fit into same greatness at ML for the Bears. Briggs is still strong as an ILB but he too will need to be replaced within the next couple of years. What Bears need most is a strong pass catching TE and next another top OL.

April 18, 2013  04:05 AM ET

Butkus, yeah, but I'd take Singletary over Urlacher. Brian helped ruin the chemistry on the Bears last year, insulting Cutler, who had shoved a non-performing lineman (fully padded, of course) for blocking like styrofoam.

He lost me that day. Apparently, he'd forgotten the record number of sacks Cutler had gone through because of a sieve line for four years.

April 18, 2013  07:40 AM ET

Maybe the same thing will happen to everyone on this board, give your life to an organization, and they decide to go younger, faster, cheaper. Urlacher isn't what he was, for sure, but why not give him an opportunity to retire with the organization that benefited so much from his career? What's an extra million to an NFL team, why not transition him to the front office, anything is better than the way Phil E handled it, and the fact that he has no regrets says more about his humanity than it does Urlacher's current capabilities. And I'm a Giants fan...

April 18, 2013  11:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Maybe the same thing will happen to everyone on this board, give your life to an organization, and they decide to go younger, faster, cheaper. Urlacher isn't what he was, for sure, but why not give him an opportunity to retire with the organization that benefited so much from his career? What's an extra million to an NFL team, why not transition him to the front office, anything is better than the way Phil E handled it, and the fact that he has no regrets says more about his humanity than it does Urlacher's current capabilities. And I'm a Giants fan...

Curious word choice, "humanity", in an article about an NFL GM.

April 18, 2013  12:07 PM ET

Maybe Phil Emery has no regets YET. When midseason injury reports start rolling in and the new list of replacement linebackers start to roll in, just maybe, Brian Urlacher will start to look good again. I am afraid it will be too late when Trestman and Emery come to their senses and overcome their egos. Urlacher with half a tank left is still better than some of these second string losers that have been brought in. One more year is worth the investment to keep Brian around just encase we need him. If we don't, what have we really lost?

April 18, 2013  12:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Maybe the same thing will happen to everyone on this board, give your life to an organization, and they decide to go younger, faster, cheaper. Urlacher isn't what he was, for sure, but why not give him an opportunity to retire with the organization that benefited so much from his career? What's an extra million to an NFL team, why not transition him to the front office, anything is better than the way Phil E handled it, and the fact that he has no regrets says more about his humanity than it does Urlacher's current capabilities. And I'm a Giants fan...

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Veteran Exemption Cap!

Under the Guido plan, if a player has been with the same team or in the League, for 10 Years, That Team would have two spots on the roster for Veteran Exemptions, meaning that in the case of a guy like James??Harrison of the Steelers, 50% of his annual contract would go against the cap, this would give a team like the Steelers 2 spots designated for veteran players that The Steelers would want to keep on the roster, it will also allow The Steelers the ability to reward it's star performers. The catch is the veteran would have to be on the team in year nine so a guy like Peyton would have been full tilt with Denver but Harrison and let's say Palamalu would be at 50% of the Cap!! The Team can make up the money on team Jersey sales alone!!! Maybe produce a special patch for the 10 Year Vet, etc. That's why I'm The Gweeed!!!

April 18, 2013  03:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Maybe the same thing will happen to everyone on this board, give your life to an organization, and they decide to go younger, faster, cheaper. Urlacher isn't what he was, for sure, but why not give him an opportunity to retire with the organization that benefited so much from his career? What's an extra million to an NFL team, why not transition him to the front office, anything is better than the way Phil E handled it, and the fact that he has no regrets says more about his humanity than it does Urlacher's current capabilities. And I'm a Giants fan...

They offered him $2mil for 1 year, and as the non-market for Urlacher demonstrates, that was a fair and even generous offer. Don't blame Emery for Urlacher's prideful little hissy fit.

And as far as "what's an extra million to an NFL team," Chicago has only $3mil of cap room at the moment. So "an extra million" is huge.

April 19, 2013  04:31 PM ET

Since the current Bears administrative staff says that "If the defense isn't broke, don't fix it". Why did they try to fix it by letting Urlacher go in such a rude manner? Imagine that you have a six cylinder motor (the Chicago defense) that is running pretty good. Your motor has 6 spark plugs named Briggs, Tillman, Peppers, Roach, Urlacher, and Marinelli. You think that it is not broken but you are going to replace spark plugs (Roach, Urlacher, and Marinelli) and replace them with carrots. Gentlemen, start your engines. Let's just see what mechanics Emery and Trestman have done to our motor!!!

April 21, 2013  01:49 AM ET

First look at his stats... the extrapolate them over a full season. you will find his productivity wasn't far off its mark from previous season or all seasons as stats ebb and flow. This move was wrong by the organization on two levels. one, he isn't replaceable right away. They will not be as good at this position as if he would have played. two, he was worth what he wanted and the only reason they couldn't reach a deal was the horrible way he handled it. Had he had the conversation with a little respect, he more than likely would be playing with the bears and possible for what the bears wanted to pay. He handled it as badly as he could have without giving him the finger... read up, they told Brian in the rudest possible way this was the deal or he could stick it... you don't treat people that way. When they give you their youth and body you surely don't. the bears should have used more class then they did..

April 21, 2013  05:29 PM ET

After watching Trestman running up and down the field at the voluntary practices, it's better than watching Lovie stare at the jumbotron and wondering whether or not to call time out. I'm glad that Lovie is gone and maybe I can learn to like Trestman. That said, maybe Trestman can put on a #54 jersey and fill in when he needs a linebacker. Chicago has 5 picks in the draft. PLEASE spend them all on upgrading the offense and bring Urlacher back. No linebacker that is available in the draft can match Urlacher's abilities. If Emery is a genius at drafting talent, I haven't seen it.

 
April 21, 2013  05:42 PM ET

Wow, Phil Emery has done a great job using free agency to improve the Bears. Stick to what you do best Phil and bring Urlacher back before it's too late. If you doubt the value of Brian Urlacher, do a survey of his former teammates and see what he means to them. There too many aspects to the value of Urlacher being on the field and in the locker room to mention here. Let me guess what Emery is up to...He is going to let the draft play itself out and then make Brian an offer that he can't refuse. In my dreams. Come on Mr. Emery, give it a try!

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