Depending on how this off-season works out the Bears could have the best core of linebackers in football. Last season most would have agreed that the Ravens had the most talent at the position with Ray Lewis, Peter Boulware and Jamie Sharper. But, with the loss of Sharper in the expansion Texans the Bears can now make a strong case for the title.
Brian Urlacher, Rosevelt Colvin and Warrick Holdman hit hard, fly to the ball and have great closing speed. With Pro Bowl appearances in his first two years in the league Brian Urlacher has quickly been compared to other great Bear linebackers like Mike Singletary and Dick Butkus. Holdman and Colvin don't get the publicity that Urlacher does, but both are Pro Bowl caliber players. They were arguably the best group of linebackers in the NFC last season and should only progress next season.
That is if the Bears can keep all three. Colvin and Holdman are both restricted free agents and there seems to be some serious doubt whether the
team will keep them both. Holdman's agent Sean Jones has called the Bears offer of $563,000 a "snub." Still the team has the right to match any outside offer.
Colvin got the highest tender from the Bears and any team that attempted to sign him would have to give up a first round choice.
While, the Holdman debacle makes the Bears look bad it would be nothing in comparison to public relations nightmare losing Brian Urlacher would pose.
However, Urlacher won't be an unrestricted free agent for two seasons.