Very simple question here folks, are Urlacher's days in a Bear uniform quickly coming to an end? Everyone is talking about the play up front making our LB look bad, and I agree this is at least partially true. However, the Hurtlocker is 10 seasons deep in a career, and is already fighting arthritis to some extent.
Personally, I think he's going to play this season, and the next and that's it before being traded or cut. My reasoning is two-fold. Either his decline is going to become evident, or he's going to continue to play at a level near Briggs. A little better, a little worse, either way it doesn't really matter because we're not going to pay him more money, and we definitely aren't going to give him a new contract.
So either he goes into the tank, or he becomes more valuable to the front office as trade bait.
The elephant in the room that makes this an issue is that we have Briggs locked up at one position, and have at least two young LB that the Bears org thinks highly of, not even considering if Pisa becomes worth a 3-4 year contract after this year.
So what does everyone else think? Does he retire as a Bear like we'd all like to see? Does he play out his contract and play for another team? Does he get traded for players/picks at some point before then?