But Tuesday, Angelo definitely brought his "A" game while discussing the much-publicized contract foibles of Brian Urlacher, Robbie Gould, Tommie Harris and Devin Hester. This is a man [Angelo] who takes tremendous pride in being fair and sensitive to his players' needs and does not appreciate being cast in a negative light...
With still four years left on his $57 million contract -- $13 million of it guaranteed -- Urlacher has come out of this as the biggest loser. He wants the Bears to give him a new deal for more money. They've offered a one-year, $10 million extension, which he turned down.
Those of us living paycheck to paycheck can sympathize, right?
[K] Gould and [DT] Harris are signed through 2008, [KR] Hester 2009. They are priorities, much as Urlacher doesn't want to hear that. He's skipping voluntary workouts at Halas Hall and has threatened to blow off training camp as well. Your [It's you're the] face of the Chicago Bears is sticking its tongue out at fans and teammates.
Urlacher had no complaints -- until Lance Briggs got his six-year, $56 million deal late last season. Then suddenly, the All-Pro middle linebacker who plays like a beast but whines like a baby began making threats and pouting. It's not the first time for Urlacher and it won't be the last.
Urlacher has had neck and back surgery, and with every season being a physical beatdown at his position, nobody in their right mind is going to shower him with cash.
"The good news is, all these players we're talking about are under contract. They're Bears," Angelo said. "You're not going to have one big happy family. If you've raised kids and a family in your home, then you know it's certainly not going to happen here at Halas Hall where we have 53 kids."
Urlacher's financial security was never in doubt. He is set for life based on his current pact and countless endorsements. The grumbling is all about ego and greed.This is the real Brian Urlacher and you can take that to the bank.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Sports Journalism: How to get your bias daily
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