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Old 03-21-2013   #1
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Default Urlacher - does he have anything left for us?

I don't know how bad his knees were, but the bears only offerred him 2M/year for his contract. Man that's awfully tempting to try to get him at 3M a year for a couple years. He might plug a hole at ILB for us for a year or two.

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Last I heard he was seeking around 3.5-4 million on a one year deal. What he brings is great coverage from the LB position, experience and of course leadership. He is one of those players that can read an offense pre-snap and make audibles and adjustments at the line of scrimmage putting everyone where they need be.

Unfortunately, he was also below average against the run last year. He wasn't great getting off blocks and was a step slower getting to the backs on pursuit then normal. With the Texans utilizing a 3-4 that may not be a good thing to put him in there in such a situation. He'll be an improvement coverage wise but not versus the run especially since I think most signs point to Earl Mitchell manning the nose.
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Default Re: Urlacher - does he have anything left for us?

No, dude moved like a sloth on the field last year.
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Default Re: Urlacher - does he have anything left for us?

I'd do it. Neither him nor Ed reed would keep you from drafting ilb or safety, but what they do is lessen the need somewhat...not to mention the attitude, knowledge, swag and leadership they bring...

Would be pretty big having urlacher and reed on this defense just from an experience standpoint. All of a sudden you'd have one of the most experienced defenses in the NFL. Brian and manning are friends as well, so I'm sure he's in his ear about it.

Id do it for the right price.
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Default Re: Urlacher - does he have anything left for us?

You don't want an ILB who can't stop the run. Urlacher was second to last in the league last year. He's toast.
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Default Re: Urlacher - does he have anything left for us?

Why are people so hung up on Urlacher? The guy's career was built on speed and he doesn't have it anymore. People are reminiscing about his coverage skills which he can no longer duplicate. He's more of a liability at this point and I see him not getting the offer he's looking for and retiring this offseason.

He's a great defensive leader but that's his only asset at this point.
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You guys really don't think he'd be better than what we trotted out there last year?
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Default Re: Urlacher - does he have anything left for us?

If the Bears couldn't work out a deal with him, then he's asking way too much for what he offers. If Urlacher was willing to take vet minimum, he would be with the Bears. He can't cover TEs, so all he would be is a 2-down run stopper. Why not re-sign Bradie James for minimum if that's what we need?
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You guys really don't think he'd be better than what we trotted out there last year?
Nope.

I'd re-sign Dobbins and possibly Ruud or James. I think we'll draft an ILB within the first 3 rounds.
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Default Re: Urlacher - does he have anything left for us?

I think Ruud with a full training camp and Brian Cushing next to him would be the perfect combination until we can find and prepare a rookie for the job.
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You guys really don't think he'd be better than what we trotted out there last year?
Classic better name than football player at this point in his career. At best would be another"intangible" signing versus a guy who is any better than Brady James.
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I think Ruud with a full training camp and Brian Cushing next to him would be the perfect combination until we can find and prepare a rookie for the job.
Doesn't necessarily have to be a rookie. A young FA could fill the bill as well. I think there are a couple of good prospects out there this season.
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No Urlacher!
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Default Re: Urlacher - does he have anything left for us?

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap100...ut-saving-face

All the bears offerred was 2M a year...
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Default Re: Urlacher - does he have anything left for us?

After Bradie James poor play I'll pass on signing another old, over-the-hill linebacker.
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Default Re: Urlacher - does he have anything left for us?

Imagine BRadie James if he had 10 pound ankle weights on at all times. That is Urlacher now.
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we gonna try to be the over the hill gang?
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I think Ruud with a full training camp and Brian Cushing next to him would be the perfect combination until we can find and prepare a rookie for the job.
I second this. Ruud played well with the Bucs and I don't see why he can't replicate his successes with the Bucs to the Texans. I would much rather develop what we have and possibly draft one than bring in Urlacher.
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Doesn't necessarily have to be a rookie. A young FA could fill the bill as well. I think there are a couple of good prospects out there this season.

Granted. Does not have to be a rookie. Just saying that if all we're looking for is "Mr. Right-Now" then we already have a better option that we're more familiar who we could be trying to bring back.
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Default Re: Urlacher - does he have anything left for us?

Urlacher used to be one of the best, if not the best coverage LBs in the league.

For those that struggle with key words, the key phrase in the passage was "used to be."

I'll pass.
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