Brian Urlacher | LB
Posted: 5/22/2013 11:49am et
Free-agent MLB Brian Urlacher retired after 13 seasons.
Huddle Up: Urlacher drew some interest in short-term deals with teams other than the Bears but ultimately opted to walk away before donning another team's jersey.
Posted: 4/7/2013 1:55pm et
Free-agent LB Brian Urlacher (Bears) isn't expected to sign with a new team any time soon, and he wants to play for a contender, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Huddle Up: This has the makings of a late-preseason signing for a franchise looking to add a veteran leader.
Posted: 3/21/2013 5:22pm et
The Minnesota Vikings are not interested in free-agent LB Brian Urlacher (Bears) and likely would not express interest unless his asking price drops significantly.
Huddle Up: The Bears and the Vikings have been the only real reported possibilities for Urlacher, and again, he's going to make a realistic self-assessment of his declining skills and adjust his financial expectations.
Posted: 3/21/2013 4:57pm et
Free-agent LB Brian Urlacher (Bears) was looking for a one-year deal from the Chicago Bears in the range of $3.5 million to $4 million. The team offered a deal for about $2 million for 2013.
Huddle Up: Urlacher, who will turn 35 in May, had a great run in the Windy City, but he's going to have to come to grips with his declining skills as he his tackle totals have declined in each of the past 3 seasons and he hasn't had a sack since 2010.
Posted: 3/14/2013 1:44pm et
Free-agent LB Brian Urlacher (Bears) has been in contact with the Minnesota Vikings, and a team source with the Vikings confirmed the talks. The team said they are 'monitoring' the situation and still believed Urlacher would eventually return to the Chicago Bears.
Huddle Up: As expected, age -- Urlacher will be 35 in May -- and injury issues are keeping the LB from drawing much interest on the FA market. Playing out the string with the Bears might be Urlacher's best -- and only -- option.
Posted: 1/30/2013 12:16am et
Impending free-agent LB Brian Urlacher (Bears) said Tuesday, Jan. 29, that he intends to play in 2013, and he is hopeful he will be back with the Bears. He said he has not heard anything from the team regarding his future. 'Chicago is my home. Whether I play for the Bears or not, that's my home,' Urlacher said. 'So I want to be there and hopefully we can work something out, but if not I'll go somewhere else.' Urlacher said money was not a top priority for him, and give his age and recent injury history, he said he'd be willing to give the Bears a hometown discount.
Huddle Up: The key question, though, is how much interest do the Bears and new head coach Marc Trestman have in the aging LB who missed 4 games and finished with 53 tackles -- his lowest output in any of his 13 NFL seasons aside from 2009, when he played in only 1 contest.
Posted: 1/1/2013 11:05pm et
Chicago Bears LB Brian Urlacher said he wants to stay with the Chicago Bears, even though he is a free-agent and had said he would only play for former head coach Lovie Smith. 'I feel like I'm a Bear, no matter what happens,' Urlacher said. 'I want to be here. ... I still don't want to play for anybody else, and I'll keep saying that until it happens, I guess.'
Huddle Up: 2 items to note: Urlacher will be 5 years on the wrong side of 30 by the time the 2013 season kicks off and is coming off a career-low 68 total tackles -- aside from the 2009 campaign in which he was injured in the season-opener -- in 2012.