|Urlacher makes it official|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 22 July 2008 15:58|
The team did not reveal terms of the deal but reports say it is worth $18 million, including a $6 million signing bonus, a $1 million raise in base salary from 2008 through 2011 and then $8 million in the final year of the deal.
``It's good to get Brian Urlacher signed,'' Bears coach Lovie Smith said.
Urlacher had initially signed a nine-year, $56.65 million deal in 2003 but wanted an extension. He underwent minor neck surgery this past offseason and has been bothered by a sore back.
In 121 games, including 119 as a starter, Urlacher has 1,299 tackles, 37 1/2 sacks, 15 interceptions, seven forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries. He has led the team in tackles seven times.
He was the Bears' first-round pick in the 2000 draft out of New Mexico and has evolved in their most well-known player with his speed and hard-hitting ability.