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08:00 AM ET 03.21 | Joe Namath played for the Rams, Thurman Thomas played for the Dolphins and Joe Montana played for the Chiefs -- it happens. [When] it's a franchise icon, it forces us to step back and realize that nothing lasts forever. All you'll do is get hurt in the end. Then you have to see that player trying to hang on in another uniform, something that looks about as normal as a white suit at a funeral. I imagine Urlacher will hang on and play somewhere else. Dallas or Denver? Maybe he can be like Peyton Manning, an icon with the Colts who was released only to bounce back and have a Pro Bowl season. ... Urlacher and No. 54 in Bears blue just seem to go together. It just doesn't seem right that we won't see it again, does it?

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March 21, 2013  08:07 AM ET

Da Green Bay Titans!!!!!

March 21, 2013  08:42 AM ET

Urlacher wanted $3.5M to play one more season, and the Bears weren't willing to go past $2M. He turns 35 in May and could not play all 16 games last season. It will be interesting to see what he settles for if he does indeed play one more year.

March 21, 2013  08:43 AM ET

If he really wanted to play he should have accepted their 2 mil offer. The Cap strapped Bears are not going to pay him for nostalgia and reputation alone. Thanks for the memories

March 21, 2013  08:51 AM ET

This story can add Ed Reed in Houston to that list of great players who finished their career elsewhere.

March 21, 2013  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If he really wanted to play he should have accepted their 2 mil offer. The Cap strapped Bears are not going to pay him for nostalgia and reputation alone. Thanks for the memories

The first offer his reps proposed was $11.5M for two years. Obviously they hoped to find a more comfortable middle ground, but after having been with that team for 13 seasons, everyone should have known better that Chicago wouldn't go for that.

March 21, 2013  08:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Urlacher wanted $3.5M to play one more season, and the Bears weren't willing to go past $2M. He turns 35 in May and could not play all 16 games last season. It will be interesting to see what he settles for if he does indeed play one more year.

Who takes his place, Mel?

March 21, 2013  08:59 AM ET

13 years with the same team, that is remarkable. Nothing lasts forever. Surprised they made any offer to him. Good luck to the guy, but not a big market for him in the game today.

March 21, 2013  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Who takes his place, Mel?

Good question. The only name that pops into mind is Lance Briggs, but I 'm pretty sure his current deal expires after 2013. He and his agent screwed up an opportunity to go to the 49ers when his last deal was up, so I'm not counting on Briggs being around after this coming season. Coach Trestman and Phil Emery will have some big shoes to fill.

March 21, 2013  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Who takes his place, Mel?

Nick Roach got picked up by the Raiders, and apparently Coach Trestman is looking at moving Blake Costanzo from special teams to Urlacher's spot.

March 21, 2013  09:15 AM ET

Dallas or Denver?


Not Dallas... I assure you.

March 21, 2013  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Nick Roach got picked up by the Raiders, and apparently Coach Trestman is looking at moving Blake Costanzo from special teams to Urlacher's spot.

Big shoes to fill right there.

March 21, 2013  09:34 AM ET

didn't he miss the last four games with hamstring injuries last year? before their were the knee problems and missed training camps. It is time. No team plays contracts, you gotta be on the field to matter. I think he will find few suitors, if any.

March 21, 2013  09:49 AM ET

The League has to address the aging Veteran Issue, otherwise the will pay the price in the Long Run! The cap was designed to limit dynasties not for Teams to Dump their aging Stars and Veterans! If they don't put a value on a Veteran, why have a HOF at this rate guys will be dropped once they hit 30!

March 21, 2013  10:02 AM ET

They need a franchise exemption that would allow teams to keep the old war horses. Seeing Emitt Smith in Cardinal red was just wrong.

March 21, 2013  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

The League has to address the aging Veteran Issue, otherwise the will pay the price in the Long Run! The cap was designed to limit dynasties not for Teams to Dump their aging Stars and Veterans! If they don't put a value on a Veteran, why have a HOF at this rate guys will be dropped once they hit 30!

The minimum salary for a guy with more than 10 years in the league is $940,000. The new CBA put in that rookie scale that saved millions to every team at draft time and that money then went to vets. If Urlacher was worth on the field his asking price then he would still be a Bear. But he is not. If a guy can still play his contract then he will find a team, if not, then he is gone. Nothing new there.

March 21, 2013  10:14 AM ET

His initial "offer" to the team was absurd so this was inevitable. Although he's painting it as no negotiations, I'm sure they'd have added some incentive clauses. Say he starts 16 games, makes over 100 tackles, etc he could earn $$$.

Sad to see him go but the writing was on the wall. No way the Bears were going 5+ mill per for 2 years when they got the shaft on his last extension.

Bears will need to draft LB's for sure, but it is what it is. Probably need to acquire Ogletree somehow.

March 21, 2013  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

They need a franchise exemption that would allow teams to keep the old war horses. Seeing Emitt Smith in Cardinal red was just wrong.

A fans point of view, but what owner wants to keep paying a guy big bucks that can not bring it on the field anymore?

March 21, 2013  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

His initial "offer" to the team was absurd so this was inevitable. Although he's painting it as no negotiations, I'm sure they'd have added some incentive clauses. Say he starts 16 games, makes over 100 tackles, etc he could earn $$$. Sad to see him go but the writing was on the wall. No way the Bears were going 5+ mill per for 2 years when they got the shaft on his last extension.Bears will need to draft LB's for sure, but it is what it is. Probably need to acquire Ogletree somehow.

He didn't earn the last few paychecks he got from the Bears. It evens out. They did what was right for the team. He should consider his body the rest of his life and just hang it up.

March 21, 2013  11:09 AM ET

When players leave teams for more $ the line is "it's a business...". When the business side works against them they're insulted and pull the respect card (in Urlacher's case he was not given an offer but an "ultimatum"). Can't have it both ways but when you get used to special treatment it's hard to let it go.

 
March 21, 2013  11:34 AM ET

Looks like Urlacher wants one more big payday and the Bears were wise to that. He's hasn't been very good for a few years and 2 million was pretty decent of Chicago. He'll probably end up signing for that amount or less, elsewhere.

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