Dollars and sense: The Urlacher extension

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 07/21/2008, 08:48pm

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The new deal for Brian Urlacher, an $18 million, one-year extension, puts him in position to earn $40.6 million over the next five seasons.

Here is how the money breaks down:


New deal

$6 million signing bonus

2008 base pay $3.95 million plus $1 million from new deal
2009 base pay $4.95 million plus $1 million from new deal
2010 base pay $6.15 million plus $1 million from new deal
2011 base pay $7.35 million plus $1 million from new deal

New year

2012 base pay $7.5 million

Urlacher has workout bonuses worth $50,000 in 2008-2011 and there is a $500,000 workout bonus in 2012.

Consider now the Bears have extended Urlacher, Tommie Harris and Alex Brown on defense while also re-signing Lance Briggs. Typical Bears offseason, right? Defense, defense, defense.

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