Urlacher Plays It Off Cool – Urlacher Addresses Media & Speaks About Contract Fiasco: “Not sure, possibly, maybe, yes, no – any of those answers you want,” those were the subtle, short & sweet explanations of Urlacher’s response concerning his participation for the upcoming OTA’s (Organized Team Activities). On the other hand, he discussed why it was important to show up and make his presence felt, “It’s a mandatory team drill [and] everyone’s here that’s supposed to be here,” he said. “When it says mandatory, you’re supposed to be at those things. So that’s why I’m here.” Urlacher’s agent Bill Johnson had this to chime in on: Brian coming to camp has nothing to do with any threat of lost money,” “It’s due to his commitment to his team and his teammates. He’s there on his own accord because he misses football and the guys. He’s in great shape and has never missed mandatory team activities.” When asked about money issues and a new contract extension, Urlacher said, “Next question, please.”
Physical Condition, Being Back With The Team: Brian Urlacher: “Felt good.” “It was fun to be back, running around, playing football again, getting around with my teammates.” “We’re expecting him to have the best year he’s had so far, and that’s saying a lot,” coach Lovie Smith said. “Our players know what Brian Urlacher’s about. He didn’t have to send any messages to them. His play the entire time he’s been here has done that.”
Hester’s New Deal: While practicing with the first-team on offense, the Windy City Flyer spoke about the chances of a new deal and if it will come anytime soon… “Yeah, I wish it would have been done by now,” he said. “They’re just not close to agreeing on what we want. But they’re working with my agent.” “I’d say talks are open and professional.” Hester signed a four-year rookie deal in July 2006 with $1.26 million guaranteed. He has two years and $975,000 left on that deal. After missing the first couple of days of OTA’s, Hester made the right decision to join the troops… “They said if I came back, they would start negotiations,” he said. “And it happened.” Hester is still upset: “I would love to get this [contract situation] done before training camp. It’s a lot of stress, just coming out here knowing what you can do and getting paid like I’m getting paid. I’m frustrated about it.”
Lovie Smith impressed with Hester and players’ commitment: “Devin is maybe the all-time greatest returner in the game who will be playing some receiver this year.” “And we’ll see where that goes.
“Right now, it’s about team. You take care of things you have to in the off-season. But when the team is practicing, you’re practicing. And that’s what Devin has done. And that’s what all of our players have done.”
7th Round Selections All In: After Kellen Davis opened up the initial signing stage for the rookies with utter unexpectancy, in an ecstatic state of mind – the five 7th round picks agreed to terms also, as Ervin Baldwin, Chester Adams, Joey LaRocque, Kirk Barton and Marcus Monk, all inked four-year deals. The six signed draftees tie the Bears with the Miami Dolphins for the most in the NFL. Chicago was the first NFL team to have all of its draft picks signed in 2006 and among the first organizations to do so in 2007.