OK. It’s nothing new when an athlete whines that they’re not making enough money. And I guess even class acts like Brian Urlacher are no exception. He has the credentials to make the demands :
- 6’4″, 258lbs
- 6x Pro Bowl selection 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006
- 4x All-Pro selection (2001, 2002, 2005, 2006)
- 2000 Male Athlete of the Year (UNM)
- 2000 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year
- 2001 Football Digest Defensive POY
- 2005 AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year
- Defensive Player-of-the-Week (4)
- Special Teams Player of the Week
- NFL Rookie Defensive Player of the Month (10/2000)
- Brian Piccolo Award (2007)
- Led the NFL in fumble return yards in 2001
- Most tackles in a season (UNM)
- Most tackles in a season (Bears)
Now, according to the story, five years ago (2003) he agreed to a 9 year $56 Million contract. That is a long contract worth a lot of money. Brian has been worth every penny (see the list above) and is the anchor of the Chicago Bears’ defense.
So, does it bother me that he’s asking for more money to finish his contract? Not really. Here’s why, he “…believes he has outperformed his deal and is frustrated that he’s no longer the highest-paid player on his team. According to NFLPA documents, eight Bears earned more than he did last season.
“It’s easy for people to criticize me for wanting (a new deal), and I understand that it’s a contract and I signed it,” Urlacher said. “But this is the NFL, and if I’d signed it and I’d played like (expletive), they’d have cut me or tried to get me to take less. In my mind, there’s no difference. If they can ‘break’ a contract, I have a right to ask for more if I play well enough.
“When I signed my deal the salary cap was $75 million. It’s, what, $116 million now? Things have changed.”
Is that they way that you treat the rock of your defense? Chicago, what are you thinking? So why write this? What makes this news worthy? What Brian Urlacher said next.
“I understand that all of this, to a normal person, sounds crazy. It’s all relative to what you do. If you’re a chair-builder, and you feel you’re the best at what you do, and other chair-builders are making more than you, then you’d want to be paid more, too.”
What? A normal person? What does that mean? Oh, he must mean all of us “little people” who have jobs to do, but might feel that we don’t get paid enough. It sure would be nice to be able to walk into my bosses office, I mean send my agent into my bosses office to negotiate my next pay raise.
Brian, I hope that you get your money. I hope that you get so much money that your team continues to suffer offensively because you can’t attract any talent. The Bears don’t have a Quarterback worth mentioning. Your only decent receiver left for Minnesota (go Vikings!). Cedric Benson is a joke. Not to mention you’ve got an arthritic back and recently had neck surgery.
Whatever. I guess Favre was one of the last of a dying breed.