If the agent said it, is it coming out of the client’s mouth?
Glazer, the Fox Sports reporter who wrote a blog with Urlacher last season when he was boycotting media, has a two-minute update over the phone that can be found here. Glazer refutes the Sun-Times report that “Urlacher’s agents have asked the team if they could explore a trade’’ and “Urlacher is threatening to retire because of beck and back problems.”
The Sun-Times is standing behind Mike Mulligan’s published report, and if you listen to Glazer’s report, he certainly leaves the window open that these tactics have, indeed, been a part of negotiations.
``He did say though, `Look, when my agents (Pay Dye Jr. and Bill Johnson) go and meet with the Bears, I’m sure they say things in negotiations,’’’ Glazer said, speaking about Urlacher. ``I don’t know what’s being said in there. And I don’t want to know everything that is being said in there. They fight it out with the Bears. The Bears, I’m sure they some things about me. I don’t want to know what they say about me half the time. That’s just negotiations. The one thing I do know is I’m not looking to retire.’
``As far as a trade, he said, `Look, things happen in negotiations. Brett Favre, his agent said it last year, Michael Strahan, he said it to the Giants in the past.’ He said I don’t want to leave Chicago, I don’t want a trade. I want to stay here. Do I want a new contract? Absolutely, I want a new contract. I want to be paid especially considering where the market has gone.’’
Urlacher is threatening to skip out on the mandatory veteran minicamp next month and has already missed the first two weeks of the voluntary offseason program, forfeiting a $50,000 workout bonus in his contract. The former defensive player of the year signed a $56.65 million, nine-year extension in 2003. His contention is he has outperformed his contract in the five years since. While he had a banner year in winning the top award in 2005, and helped lead the Bears to Super Bowl XLI in 2006, he missed seven games in 2004 because of injuries and was inconsistent at times last season when he missed the Pro Bowl for the only time other than after the ’04 season.
The most interesting tidbits from Glazer?
*** “He doesn’t know whether the situation will resolve itself or not,” Glazer said.
*** “It has gotten ugly at times,’’ Glazer said. “Again, Brian said, `Despite how ugly it’s getting, I don’t want out of Chicago,’”
It’s just not good when the U word is being thrown around ... ugly.
See Saturday’s edition of the Sun-Times for more coverage of Urlacher’s contract situation.