Davis Receives New Deal, Urlacher Avoids Controversy

Rashied Davis Signs 3-Year Deal: Five days after signing an original one year tender offer with the Bears, Davis earned a chance to put his pen to the paper for a more rewarding, secure deal.  The wideout did just that, as he took advantage of the opportunity Wednesday by signing on the dotted line to a three-year contract through the 2010 season. Davis originally joined the Bears as a free agent in 2005 after spending four seasons with the San Jose SaberCats in the Arena Football League. The 5-9, 187-pounder switched to receiver in 2006 after playing cornerback as a rookie and caught 22 passes for 303 yards and 2 touchdowns. The versatile pass catcher brings blazing quickness out of the slot position, reliability as a sure-handed target on 3rd downs, and has shown the ability to come through in the clutch when the game is on the line. “I’m excited to come back and be a part of a winning team,” Davis said. “We’re going to turn what happened last year around and win some more games and there’s also a greater possibility of more playing time for myself with the departure of Muhsin and Bernard.”

Late Game Heroics, Crunch Time Performer: In 2006, Davis caught a game-winning 24-yard TD pass with 1:53 remaining in a comeback victory at Minnesota and his 30-yard reception set up Robbie Gould’s 49-yard field goal in overtime in a playoff victory over Seattle. Davis is recognized for his production in close, meaningful games, and when the Bears need to step up they have called upon #81 (Davis’ number) to have an impact and he’s done just that. There’s no doubt he will be a valauble weapon for the team in ’08 because he can be counted on to get open and make the big play. Rashied is a difference-maker and I expect him to only get better. Look for the Los Angeles native to play an extended role, along with being a key option in the Bears offensive game plan.

Davis/WR Coach Darryl Drake: “Rashied is a very good player,” said receivers coach Darryl Drake. “He has the ability to do a lot of different things. He’s very smart and he works extremely hard. Two years ago he proved what he can do. He really helped us tremendously during the year we went to the Super Bowl. “He has really good quickness and the ability to make plays, and he’s a guy that gives you everything he’s got. I’m excited about him for the future.”

“Everything that I’ve done in my life or been through I’ve learned from and it’s made me who I am,” he said.  “I’m excited,” Davis said. “I’m happy to be here. For the Bears to come back and offer me a three-year contract and for us to come to an agreement before the draft is great for me.”

“This is the team that gave me a shot,” Davis said. “I just wanted a little security. I wanted to be here. I didn’t want to leave. I’ve always wanted to be here. It’s an exciting feeling right now for me.”

Urlacher Denies Report Of Retirement: Chicago Bears All-Pro LB Brian Urlacher has made it known that he is not contemplating leaving the NFL if the team does not give him more ca$h. The former New Mexico standout and 9th overall selection of the 2000 Draft is considering sitting out mini-camp and training camp unless he gets a new deal. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, a league source said the 2006 Defensive Player of the Year is looking at the possibility of retirement because of neck and back problems.

Urlacher Speaks: “I never said I was going to quit,” Urlacher told the Chicago Tribune on Friday. “That’s just a gossip column. Reports like that is why I don’t talk to the media.” Urlacher, who is seeking a multi-year extension on top of the nine-year, $57 million contract he signed in 2003, is not participating in the Bears’ voluntary workouts. However, Urlacher indicated that he has no plans to boycott training camp in July.

“They offered me a one-year extension,” he said. “My agents are doing a great job for me. I stay out of it as much as I can.”

Urlacher, who turns 30 next month, underwent minor neck surgery in January. He also continues to deal with arthritis in his lower back.

Urlacher Conclusion – Contract Extension Situation: Urlacher last season looked like he lost a step due to injuries, though he put up good numbers – piling up 123 tackles, 5 sacks/interceptions, defensive touchdown – would it be a good investment to extend his deal? I would like to hear from the BearsGab.Com readers and would love to get some feedback on what the Bears should do with #54.

5 Reason To Extend Urlacher’s Deal: 1. My first inclination towards the contract talks when brought up (Face Of Chicago) was that we definitely had to meet his desire and answer his plea for a new deal – just because he’s Brian Urlacher. 2. I thought this because he is getting underpaid compared to other middle linebackers that are nowhere as accomplished nor good as he is. 3. How could we go about our defense without Urlacher leading the unit, when without him we are 0-7, and it would take awhile to adjust to him not being on the field. 4. Who would we have to replace him? Urlacher has not missed a game since ’03! We need our defense to play it’s absolute best because the offense does not pick up the slack. 5. We have around 15 million available in cap room – shouldn’t we use what we have on our best defensive player?

5 Reasons Not To Extend Urlacher’s Deal: 1. He is already 30 and you can see that his back/neck are serious concerns, and it seems like he’s always plagued with some type of injury. 2. He’s not going to get any better – right? 3. We already gave a younger Briggs (26) a new deal and he had to wait one year to get what he wanted. 4. Tommie Harris, Devin Hester, and Robbie Gould have more years to go in their prime, obviously and they want the $ too. 5. Why should GM Jerry Angelo change his philosophy/standards and make an exception to Urlacher by re-working the deal he originally signed? Shouldn’t Urlacher have to wait until the deal runs out and the front office has to stick to what makes them successful. You have to stay true to your plan and see that Urlacher is on the decline – so why spend the money when he’s signed through 2011. Keep in mind the way they handled Briggs turned out well and you have to be patient with this situation.

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2 Responses to “Davis Receives New Deal, Urlacher Avoids Controversy”

  1. Ron N says:

    Hi Russ

    If I truly believed it was Urlacher demanding a trade I would say honor him and see what interest there is on the market. But because I feel most of this drama is agent/media driven. I don’t think we should do anything with him simply because he signed a more than fair contract a few years ago and there are still years left on it. Now what I would do depending on the year he has is to give him an extension next year that would make him a bear for the rest of his career. After watching Jamar Williams last year I am becoming comfortable with life after urlacher.

  2. Russ Loede says:

    Jamar Williams is still unproven but I like his game and he has the skills/instincts necessary for the LB position – in order to be a good defensive player – albeit as an outside linebacker.

    He is neither big enough nor has the proper amount of strength needed to become a legit MLB replacement for Urlacher – we don’t have a solid back-up plan or answer yet for #54 if he were to go/retire

    So we have to keep him and it would be crazy to let him go and see him in another uni – if wants to retire – then we can hand out his walking papers and let him do what he so desires…

    If not keep him – but with all means necessary, don’t with the slightest bit, give in to him, we should not break the bank for him and we won’t.

    The $ used for contract extensions should go towards the BEST Return man in the NFL, The Windy City Flyer Devin Hester & the best interior DL in the NFL Tommie Harris.

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