The Trib believes Rosenhaus blinked first in the stalemate by offering a "new approach" in contract dealings. But if Briggs is indeed leading the holdout cause and serious about sitting out, Rosenhaus' blinking may not matter.
Tillman is reportedly considered the better all-around CB internally and coming off a phenomenal season; Vasher's best year was '05. Tillman won't get Nate Clements money but close to $20 million in guarantees is realistic.
Bernard Berrian, Peanut Tillman, and Rex Grossman's contracts are also coming up, but a healthy Harris is expected to top the list, especially after the loss of Tank Johnson. The Bears will probably wait a while on Grossman.
One of the things you will read is something we likely haven't considered much. With all this new money being given out or likely to be given out, what about Urlacher?
Good point. His agent could present the argument that Urlacher will enter his eighth season as the most underpaid Bear. Four years later, the landmark $57 million deal he signed in 2003, which included $13 million in bonuses, ranks as one of the biggest bargains in the league given his worth to the team. How long before a guy with at least five more dominant seasons in him makes that point to the Bears?
Grossman, Berrian and Tillman be damned if Urlacher is ready to rework his deal, you give him his money, but if all these guys are getting big money, one has to wonder the ramifications to sign Urlacher to a bigger contract.