SportsTalk Live: Bears and Urlacher working on a deal?
Fri, 8 Mar 2013|
The SportsTalk Live panel share their thoughts on the Bears and Brian Urlacher working on a deal; also discuss the possibility of Julius Peppers reworking his contract - 3/8
Welcome back everyone Bears announced their offseason workouts scheduled today for. Football the voluntary offseason workout program starts April 2 runs a couple of weeks and team all the mini camp starting April 16. Look this report for mini camp following draft made ten through the twelve. Bob buy some more OTAs then June 11 and thirteenth for a mandatory veteran mini camp it through training camp in bourbonnais and we'll come a little bit later on. So will Brian Urlacher had how assault for those workouts his agent confirms he in the Bears and exchanged contract proposals of the last few days. The linebackers sent out a couple of the tweets since last week and expressing his excitement for the upcoming season accompanied by. Pictures of him working obviously seems to get a mission to prove something after. His entire offseason really a year ago was kind of blown out by the knee problems that he was suffering so he made seven and a half million dollars. Last year and his value of the contract with the Bears guys. Some reports indicating five to six million might -- what he's looking for the Bears might be going more in the three and a half to four and a half million price range. What what is what is a good price tag for Brian Urlacher. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Other areas what they can do their cap number they're gonna make you were offered up to Brian Urlacher decide whether or not to accept that. Can he get more money somewhere else isn't going to be worth that you know to to change teams so late in his career all those decisions are hot I think are -- Brian Urlacher scored. The Bears here's what we can tea and we want to keep you here in Europe a lynchpin for this organization want to be a bear forever. Here's who we can pay. And then it's up to Brian Urlacher whose side if you want to come back for that number yes it -- it Bears may be holding off and seeing what he's able to get out on the open market and then. CP comes back don't. I think the Bears will make him an offer before he hits the market -- Brian Urlacher -- look at and say you know what I think I'm gonna see what the market will bear. Can always come back and take that offer of the market isn't getting given what he thinks he deserves is it worth taking that chance -- Yes I mean for the money absolutely I mean again for two years you know last year he was not the same player and the rest of the league's looking at that tape. And I think he has leverage wanna rest leak somebody else go off from six million a year a person I just don't see that when I think it's fair -- I mean if you look at a team is gonna make a push this year and are the mindset is I think it made sense to keep them. And what would make sense to me is it here or somewhere you can make an incentive -- contract. If you're playing. If your suiting up each -- solid base and hitting its roster bonuses during the year. That makes sense -- you start that the two and a half three million category. -- and then you move up from there and he's playing all the time but against it to commit five to six million for a guy I'm not sure is gonna play all year. That there's too much on the stuff he needs. Isn't that is it fair to evaluate him though from what he did last year based on you really have any offseason he seems to be done. A -- could he. Could even you know this turn the clock back a couple of years even at age 35 he could he could also be done and I think that's another thing the Bears after us aware of them and they've got to find out where -- is physically right now and -- and you know I don't know what Bryant wants to reveal that information to be honest with the army in the middle of a contract negotiate it. That's the elephant in the room is trying to predict with the medical people what this guy has left you can squeeze is last year an anomaly. Can he get back close to where he was or is flat you're what we're looking that -- basically get buckets turnaround on one -- Are in the early seventies that that's that that the question has to be answered and it's the biggest question mark right. I think if the Bears can get them at their price they really need him for the continuity of the defense because you know you've got Nick -- behind him. You really don't have any depth beyond that then I'm shirt you know Phil Emery is thinking all right how to -- start building that depth behind it all these positions is gonna need time to do it. If he could. Get a Brian Urlacher maybe for two more years of their price I think unique I think Phil Emery be happy to to deal with -- Situation Urlacher 35 this year in Julius Peppers who turns 33 he had eleven and a half sacks this past season. More than thirty in his three years with the club his salary cap hit. Will be sixteen point two million dollars that's about six million dollar more than Jay Cutler right now who is second on the team. -- still likely to get restructured over the next several days but. You know you do that only really be doing is delaying the financial hit so. Based on what you saw from Corey Wootton and what you expect from Shea McClellan. Do you -- just cut him loose knowing how important is in this defensive scheme if it is in fact almost identical defensive scheme under Mel Tucker. And you know a -- aggressive another -- and save that cap money now. It's a ten -- team I mean the expectations here from fans is you know with some tweaking with the when the tackle with a guard with a tight ends that maybe this team can compete. What I do is and again that we we ought to become cap colleges right I don't know and understand most of that's the fun out you have to take your veterans that are high priced right now that you can extend out and you extend them out if it you know my mindset get to ten win team. Are you need to make a push this year they give a bunch of veteran guys -- their defense. He's your quarterback's a free agent -- that I think the push this year so I restructure his contract I do take a hit later I pusher for this year. If you if you remove Julius Peppers and the defense of these still attend one team. I doubt it not a believer in the outside lip and went about on the other hand they've restructured his contract I believe once Lorena now so you do it now and you put all kinds of money on fourteen and fifteen for his deal because I think he's. Gonna make about twelve million I know at sixteen million of the cap -- to restructure that pile on more money in succeeding two years when you may have to rebuild more. Let -- come quietly all of this year think about it this way. Took to win a Super -- you need to have. A quarterback with an impact player you'd have an impact player at left tackle -- impact pass rusher. And it no lockdown corner who could that we don't know they have the quarterback they obviously don't left tackle. They've got the defense ran it in tepper even if he has declined I think he was hurt last year you know they've got -- so and how much did how many more those. Impact positions can you afford to give up and still expected to -- for Japanese.