When the lockout is resolved and free agent finally hits, the first order of business for most clubs will be re-signing their own free agents.
General managers always tell you free agency starts from within as you try to prevent your own players from leaving. The Chicago Bears aren’t alone in this club, and while the defending NFC North champions don’t have an abundance of unrestricted free agents to consider, there are some key ones.
Brian Urlacher, the team’s middle linebacker, selected two when he visited with SiriusXM NFL Radio hosts Jim Miller and Ross Tucker.
“The two guys I think we gotta get – and I’m hoping I’m not leaving anybody out because we have a few free agents – but Anthony Adams and Olin Kreutz,” Urlacher said. “Olin’s the leader of our locker room, the leader of our offensive line. He takes all the heat, man, when things go bad up front everyone points the finger at him which is not fair. And he takes the heat, he doesn’t hang guys out to dry, he takes the heat.
“Double A, Anthony Adams, is a great player. He’s always in his gap, he’s always up the field making plays, and he’s a great teammate. People don’t realize, man, you get these guys who, sometimes they’re turds and they’re good players and so they’re hard to deal with. He’s not. He’s a fun guy to be around. He’s a great player.”
The club made an effort to re-sign Adams late last season but didn’t present an offer he believed to be worth accepting. Now, the Bears will have to up the offer or be prepared to get second-round draft pick Stephen Paea ready in a hurry.
When it comes to Kreutz, it’s expected he will be re-signed. He holds leverage when you consider there isn’t another center on the roster for offensive line coach Mike Tice to consider.
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