The Chicago Bears talked for weeks about how they wanted Brian Urlacher to return for the 2013 season.
In the end, unless there is a major chunk of the story missing, the organization said one thing and did something else.
Because when the Bears offered Urlacher a one-year contract with $1 million guaranteed and a maximum value of $2 million, they had to know he was going to turn it down. That represented a 75 percent pay cut from 2012 when Urlacher earned $8 million. There is no way the Bears could have figured Urlacher would jump at the offer even if his venture into free agency didn’t turn up much interest.
It will be tough for Urlacher to get a significantly better deal then that because of his inability to stay on the field as of late. Expect Urlacher to either retire or jump ship and play with another team in 2013.
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