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Brian Urlacher's Bears future still murky

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08:28 AM ET 03.16 | Strong-side linebacker Nick Roach signed with the Raiders, and he will move to middle linebacker in Oakland. But the pressing question for the Bears remains the status of Brian Urlacher. General manager Phil Emery delicately maneuvered around questions about the eight-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker Wednesday after introducing free-agent prizes Jermon Bushrod and Martellus Bennett. Urlacher, who turns 35 in May, has been trying to generate a market for himself with other teams, but the Bears are unlikely to enter a situation in which they are bidding against another team. The loss of Roach, whom the Bears would have liked to have re-signed, doesn't necessarily increase Urlacher's value to the Bears. An abundance of linebackers is available, and free agency quickly is turning into a buyers' market.

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March 16, 2013  08:31 AM ET

That's a shame.........He has been such a great player for the Bears........Hopefully he can play at a high level until he chooses to retire...

March 16, 2013  08:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

That's a shame.........He has been such a great player for the Bears........Hopefully he can play at a high level until he chooses to retire...

I think that's the problem. He's got knee problems and is getting older. He admitted last year he couldn't play the way he used to anymore. He's been a great player, but he's not the force he was a few years ago and the fact he's getting very little interest in the open market shows that.

March 16, 2013  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I think that's the problem. He's got knee problems and is getting older. He admitted last year he couldn't play the way he used to anymore. He's been a great player, but he's not the force he was a few years ago and the fact he's getting very little interest in the open market shows that.

Yep..........Hopefully he does'nt settle for being average just to keep playing.

March 16, 2013  09:18 AM ET

I don't think it is murky on the Bears part. Very unmurky really. The NFL has a way of telling you when you are done.

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March 16, 2013  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

He was darn good for sure Mick, but I don't think he's been playing at a high level for a few years now. He still has his moments, but his old body is betraying him.

If any team still thought he had it, they would have called. There is his answer. That and the nearly $1 million minimum the CBA demands he receive.

March 16, 2013  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I think that's the problem. He's got knee problems and is getting older. He admitted last year he couldn't play the way he used to anymore. He's been a great player, but he's not the force he was a few years ago and the fact he's getting very little interest in the open market shows that.

I just hope he doesn't go to another team. He'd likely only play for one season (providing he can play the whole season), and then he'd sign a one-day deal in 2014 to retire as a Bear. I equate this to Emmitt Smith playing for a season as an Arizona Cardinal; there's just much of a point to it.

March 16, 2013  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

He was darn good for sure Mick, but I don't think he's been playing at a high level for a few years now. He still has his moments, but his old body is betraying him.

+1

March 16, 2013  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I just hope he doesn't go to another team. He'd likely only play for one season (providing he can play the whole season), and then he'd sign a one-day deal in 2014 to retire as a Bear. I equate this to Emmitt Smith playing for a season as an Arizona Cardinal; there's just much of a point to it.

The Vikings appear to be interested in signing him.

March 16, 2013  10:48 AM ET

Sooner or later the League has to address a program for Ageing Veterans, the Fans still want them on the Team but the Cap kills their exsistance of playing out their career for the same Club!My Plan calls for a reduction in Cap on any player who is in the league 10 or more years the catch is, that in order for a team to take advantage of the cap reduction 50% of Salary, the player has to be with the team for year nine! What this means if a player is either traded or dropped from the team after year nine he would not quaify, meaning Had the Colts kept Manning he would have qualified, If he was released like he was, his new team Denver pays full tilt! This allows a team to keep a player who is being rewarded for his past experience, the league could limit the number of players to 2-3 and expand roster for those veterans! Dats Dat!!!!!

March 16, 2013  11:07 AM ET
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The Vikings appear to be interested in signing him.

I think the interest is one-sided (Urlacher's) with the sole intent being to get the Bears to make a hasty move, contract-wise.

Urlacher in Vikings gear would be Favrian, to say the very least. But then again, it is a business for players, and their loyalties are not based upon the same foundations as those of the fans.

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March 16, 2013  12:59 PM ET

Trollin trollin down the river

March 16, 2013  02:25 PM ET
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Urlachers is too soft to play in the NFL. gets hurts too much. big baby wimp.

I'll take ignorant statements for $500, Alex.

March 16, 2013  05:26 PM ET

Truth and Rumors - For the love of God:
An abundance of linebackers ARE available, and free agency quickly is turning into a buyer's market.
Attend school much? Did you pay attention? You CANNOT be serious.
(To channel my inner John McEnroe).

(Also, Urlacher is washed up and cannot compete at a high level any more. It is what it is).

March 16, 2013  05:29 PM ET
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I'll take ignorant statements for $500, Alex.

Well, he's not too soft, and certainly not a wimp. (No intelligent person would state otherwise).
But he is 35, and the NFL is a younger man's game. Father Time has caught Urlacher.
(No "hate" or anything childish, just the facts).

March 16, 2013  05:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

The Vikings appear to be interested in signing him.

No, the Vikings prefer old Packers from the NFC North!

 
March 17, 2013  08:40 AM ET

Urlacher isn't a wimp, but he isn't that durable either--he often has physical problems that reduce his abilities, or keep him out all together. A bad back is also a big problem for a football player, and Urlacher's will only get worse.

He isn't worth anything to anyone but the Bears, and they will only take him for the absolute minimum because they know no other team will pay more. It's just a stalemate until Urlacher realizes no team wants him, then he'll tell the Bears he'll take whatever they offer or he'll retire. It's just part of the game, and you can bet you'll hear those very words from #54 come the appropriate time.

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