Evaluating Brian Urlacher to date
We have one of these threads for one of the new guys (Shea Mac), but I thought I would start one about one of the old guys. While one has not yet gained his full NFL stride, the other may be losing his. However, the REAL reason for this post was spawned in my mind by the thread started by GermansbombedPH regarding our cap position of next year. Obviously the disposition of Brian Urlacher will make a substantial difference in that space, so, I pose the following question for discussion:
Do you think we should re-sign Brian Urlacher for a substantial sum ($6 mil or over), after this season is over, and why/why not?
Now, before everyone starts answering, let me throw out one simple rule for this thread:
1. This guy is a Chicago Bears ICON and we are all Bear fans, so we obviously all have a lot of respect for the man. But those feelings vary significantly from person to person, so NO DISSING OTHERS WHO RESPOND FOR THEIR OPINIONS. No one is more a less a fan for their opinions on this because it is a hard question.
Personally, I don't think Brian is playing at NEAR the level he has in the past, and one could argue that his level of play is no better than average by current NFL standards. Honestly, for an old Bear fan like me, this reminds me so much of Butkus' last couple of years, and even the great Walter Payton, whose demise is even fresher in my mind. I remember Walter's last year and it was sad to see the once great one succumbing to his age (as we all do). Frankly, it breaks your heart if you have a soft spot for this sort of thing like myself. So I guess we have to consider the value of his leadership and knowledge of this defense when considering his value, but also, his value to us personally to finish out as a Bear. Personally, I think this Defensive unit is playing out their ass out of respect for the man to try and get him (and themselves while they are at it) a ring before he calls it quits. Everyone around him seems to have taken a step up to cover for his lost step or two.
So...what do you guys think?