Oct 22, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears linebackers Brian Urlacher (54) and Lance Briggs (55) gesture before a snap during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The Monster of the Midway; Brian Urlacher

The contract of 8x Pro Bowler Brian Urlacher is set to expire with Free Agency beginning March 12th. Urlacher who was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 1st round in 2000, has spent all 13 seasons with them. Recently Urlacher has announced that he plans to come back for a 14th season and wants to remain a Chicago Bear until his career is over. The past few seasons for Brian has been tough, suffering back to back late season ending injuries. After the firing of Head Coach Lovie Smith; Familiar faces have been dismissed from the organization and replaced with fresh new faces under new Head Coach Marc Trestman. These handful of changes include a new Offensive Coordinator, Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers Coach, Running Backs Coach, etc. With these big changes happening in Chicago, nobody is sure if these changes include bringing back Brian Urlacher.

Lance Briggs has spoken out about Urlacher saying “I hope he’s back. I hope the organization does the right thing and they bring him back.”

Lance Briggs who has spent 9 seasons with the Chicago Bears knows exactly how important Brian Urlacher is to this team. The middle linebacker who started the 2012 season off shaky, slowly started to find his rhythm before being sidelined with a hamstring injury. The Captain of the Defense finished the season with 68 total tackles, 8 assists, 1 int (returned for a 46 yard touchdown in Week 9 vs the Tennessee Titans) and 1 forced fumble. The question being asked right now is, will Brian Urlacher will take a pay cut to be brought back? He signed a 5 year / $40 million dollar deal with a $6 million dollar bonus (which I think was for his head, I love the man but he has a massive dome) before the 2008 season. So will Urlacher be willing to take maybe almost half of that for a few years so he can put that Chicago Bears uniform again? Or will he refuse a smaller deal and move on? The dust will settle before or after March 12th, but if Brian Urlacher happens to move on, Phil Emery better work on a replacement. Whatever they may choose, Brian Urlacher has truly proven himself to be ‘The Monster of the Midway.’

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Gilbert/608125038 David Gilbert

    i have maintained for a long time that one person does not make a team. Nick Roach filled in for Urlacher this year and he is more than capable of filling the void. I would like to see Urlacher back, but the Bears should not have to suffer if he decides to move on, or call it a day.

    • Mike

      This brings in the debate for the sentimental fan favorite and the best thing for the franchise, I know how much it meant for Mavericks fans to see Dirk finally get a ring in the NBA, I see Urlacher as kind of the same.

  • David Alejandro Miniel

    Thank you for the comments fellas. I agree with both of you. Nick Roach did a good job filling in this big hole in that Defense. But I think the problem with most Bears fans recently is, whoever gets lined up in that Middle Linebacker position, should perform exactly like Brian Urlacher. Or even if Urlacher goes somewhere else, can we find somebody who has that same presence on the field. With the ring deal, this man deserves a championship. He has busted his ass an entire decade for this team and needs to hold that Lombardi trophy over his head. If he has to leave Chicago to do that if they don’t want to bring him back? Then I guess that is the only option. Either way I will still be a huge Brian Urlacher fan and his home will always be in Chicago.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Eman50LB Erik Christopher Duerrwaechter

    Very nice piece, as serious Bears fan, I feel it could go either way in regards to Brian Urlacher returning to Chicago. He (Urlacher) has stated he wants to remain with the Bears, and is even willing to throw in a “hometown discount”, but Phil Emery and Marc Trestman will both decide his final fate.

  • Gary Schaber

    I hope something can be worked out for him to remain a Bear.In my era,he’s been the Bears best defender.He deserves a chance to go out on top with the Chicago Bears! GO BEARS!!!