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BAMAPHIN 22
02-22-2007, 09:21 PM
Lovie Smith's negotiations for a new contract are at a stalemate, according to his agent, who created a stir by saying the coach who led the Chicago Bears (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67040) to the Super Bowl could become a free agent after the 2007 season.


Agent Frank Bauer did not immediately respond to e-mail requests Thursday, but he said Wednesday night that barring an unforeseen breakthrough a deal would not get done. That could make Smith a lame duck next season.


The Bears (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67040) simply re-released a statement from team president Ted Phillips.
"We're going to continue to negotiate toward an extension which has been our goal and Lovie's goal," Phillips said. "Our intention is to keep our negotiations private and we will continue to do so."

Bears (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67040) general manger Jerry Angelo told reporters Thursday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis that the team still wanted Smith to be its coach and that it was his understanding that Smith wanted to stay. He said he was confident a deal would be worked out for Smith.

Smith made $1.35 million in the third year of a four-year contract last season, making him the lowest paid head coach in the NFL. He is scheduled to make $1.45 million this season after taking the Bears (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67040) to the Super Bowl for the first time in 21 years.

"We're not close, we're not encouraged and based on where talks have gone recently, Lovie will be a free agent after next season," Bauer said. "It would take an unforeseen breakthrough for this to get done. And we are being more than reasonable in the market."
Smith, who will speak to reporters Friday in Indianapolis, said Monday he wanted to be the coach of the Bears (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67040) forever and was confident a deal would get done. Those comments came during a conference call to discuss his decision not to bring back Ron Rivera as defensive coordinator.

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/6495050

Roman529
02-22-2007, 09:24 PM
Lovie wants a big pay day, but when you coach the Bears you are not likely going to get the money you want. The Bears are a cheap organization. They will likely just let Lovie go elsewhere.

finmann
02-23-2007, 01:59 AM
Lovie wants a big pay day, but when you coach the Bears you are not likely going to get the money you want. The Bears are a cheap organization. They will likely just let Lovie go elsewhere.

and that will be the dumbest thing this organization could do. The man is a great coach and deserves to be paid as one of the top coaches in the league.......what a disgrace and how embarassing.

tylerdolphin
02-23-2007, 02:08 AM
If the Bears do not pay Lovie....I hope they suck forever. That is the man that brought the team out of mediocrity and into the Super Bowl. The players love him. The Bears are idiots if they let Lovie go, and I predict the players won't be too happy

Aqua4Ever04
02-23-2007, 02:22 AM
Pay the man! He just took you to the Super Bowl for crying out loud! What was the franchise before he came in?

Crunkcore
02-23-2007, 04:06 AM
Bears would be idiotic to let Lovie go.
They need to stop being cheap and pay him.

Enforcerfin33
02-23-2007, 09:49 AM
They need to step up before he steps out.