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The offense may be getting better, but this has always been a defensive team. Due to the team being defensive minded, the way the Brian Urlacher and Henry Melton situations were handled were surprising.
Take the money out of the Urlacher equation. Could the Bears have done a better job with the line of communication to Urlacher? They signed D.J. Williams but could have used Urlacher instead to bridge the gap to Jon Bostic and give him a proper sendoff.
Not coming to a long-term deal with Melton meant a bigger cap hit this season after bringing him back under the franchise tag. For the salary-cap implications alone it was paramount the team come to a long-term deal with Melton.
For a team that came within one game of the playoffs, the extra cap space could have meant an extra player or two who could impact the team on the way to a division title.
Maybe if Urlacher was treated more like a franchise icon instead of just another guy he would have came back for the $2 million deal given to him.
Melton still can be signed to a long-term deal and Urlacher decided to play his last game as a Bear, but the team dodged a PR bullet on Urlacher not going elsewhere and they still missed out on other players due to low cap space.
The chain of events that transpired from the Urlacher and Melton sagas are not earth shattering but could have been rectified more smoothly for the good of the franchise.