We’ve all heard the scuttlebutt the last few months that Brian Urlacher is unhappy with the roughly $50 million contract he signed prior to the 2003 season. Now according to Vaughn McClure, Urlacher will be skipping the Bears’ voluntary offseason program.
So what are we as fans to think here? Not that it matters, of course, but on the one hand, Urlacher signed a very reasonable deal five years ago, and as they always do in the NFL, salaries have exploded annually. On the other hand, no one put a gun to Urlacher’s head. He signed a contract worth by my estimation more than 10 times more than I will make in my entire 40+ year working career.
I just don’t get professional athletes, and it seriously makes me question my devotion to any pro sports team anymore. I can’t go back to my employer and renegotiate my salaries for the last few years, even though I’ve performed at a high level. And I’d love to have the security of a seven-year contract (granted contracts in the NFL are not guaranteed, but I didn’t get a signing bonus in my job, either.)
What to think?