Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Hometown discount for Urlacher?
By Tom Carpenter
On Tuesday, we touched on some linebackers the Chicago Bears may consider adding to their roster this offseason, regardless of whether Brian Urlacher ends up playing with the team in 2013. But what about Urlacher? Will he return to play next season? Will it be with the Bears? While speaking on the Waddle & Silvy Show on ESPN 1000 Tuesday, Urlacher confirmed his intention to play in 2013 and that he would be willing to give a hometown discount to the Bears.
"When you look at my age and everything, it's going to be hard to not give them a discount. I'm not going to make what I was making in the past, how about that? Does that make sense? That's fair," he said.
He granted that he has yet to talk to new coach Marc Trestman, but it appears his plan is to suit up as usual in a Bears uniform. Urlacher's base salary was $7.5 million in 2012, a number that clearly would have to drop if he is going to rejoin the team.