Urlacher reportedly skipping Bears' program

Updated: April 7, 2008, 2:46 PM ET
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CHICAGO -- All-Pro linebacker Brian Urlacher says lingering contract issues mean he won't be with the Bears for Monday's start of a voluntary offseason program, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Brian Urlacher

Urlacher

Urlacher said he will remain at his home in Arizona rather than report to team activities outside of Chicago this week. He hinted that he won't be around for any of the Bears' voluntary offseason workouts or organized team activities, the Tribune reported.

Urlacher is looking to extend his current contract. He is signed through the 2011 season and is scheduled to make $3.95 million next year. It is the same salary he made for the 2007 season.

Several Bears have been given contract extensions this offseason, including quarterback Kyle Orton (one year) and tight end Desmond Clark (multiyear).

The Bears cannot fine Urlacher for skipping the sessions, thanks to the NFL's collective bargaining agreement with its players. It can, however, impact his playing time if head coach Lovie Smith decided it should.