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07:41 AM ET 04.03 | Fans in Chicago weren't the only folks left emotional over Brian Urlacher's likely departure from the Bears -- so was chairman of the board George McCaskey. "I said going into the process I'd be heartbroken if he didn't come back and I am," McCaskey said [Tuesday]. "Our whole family is." ... Asked if there was any chance Urlacher still could return, McCaskey said, "That's up to the market and (general manager) Phil (Emery) and (head coach) Marc (Trestman). Phil said it's a process. We'll just go through it and see what happens." When a reporter asked if McCaskey was not ruling out a return, he said, "That's not up to me. Bears fans should be assured I don't involve myself in personnel decisions."

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April 3, 2013  07:49 AM ET

Damage control... It happens with all fan favorites.

April 3, 2013  08:09 AM ET

The door's partially open, but there's a bucket of water perched on it.

April 3, 2013  08:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The door's partially open, but there's a bucket of water perched on it.

And the door is painted.

April 3, 2013  08:18 AM ET

Has any team really shown any interest in Urlacher? Denver has been mentioned, and so has Minnesota, but that really seems to just be the press and not the teams themselves.

April 3, 2013  08:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

And the door is painted.

And somebody put Vaseline on the door knob.

April 3, 2013  08:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Has any team really shown any interest in Urlacher? Denver has been mentioned, and so has Minnesota, but that really seems to just be the press and not the teams themselves.

No, it's only been the press.

April 3, 2013  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

No, it's only been the press.

So, he's being worked out by the Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, LA Times and the St. Paul Post-Dispatch?

Hot damn! Brian Urlacher, Office Linebacker.

April 3, 2013  08:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

So, he's being worked out by the Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, LA Times and the St. Paul Post-Dispatch?Hot damn! Brian Urlacher, Office Linebacker.

Well-played, DD.

April 3, 2013  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

And somebody put Vaseline on the door knob.

But.... Is that really vaseline ?

April 3, 2013  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Damage control... It happens with all fan favorites.

Exactly. McCaskey, as is his right and duty, has put a price on his "love" for the face of the franchise. Just man up and say it, Urlacher thinks more of himself than we do."

April 3, 2013  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

So, he's being worked out by the Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, LA Times and the St. Paul Post-Dispatch?Hot damn! Brian Urlacher, Office Linebacker.

LOL!!!

April 3, 2013  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Well-played, DD.

Imagine this scene at the Daily Planet:

Perry White: Intern, get me some coffee!
Brian Urlacher: Get your own f'n coffee, Chief!
Perry White: Uh, OK. And don't call me Chief!

April 3, 2013  09:17 AM ET

When a reporter asked if McCaskey was not ruling out a return, he said, "That's not up to me. Bears fans should be assured I don't involve myself in personnel decisions."

Not every team can be so fortunate to have an owner that doesn't unvolve himself in personnel decisions...

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April 3, 2013  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Has any team really shown any interest in Urlacher? Denver has been mentioned, and so has Minnesota, but that really seems to just be the press and not the teams themselves.

Urlacher wants to get paid like he's in the prime of his career.

April 3, 2013  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Not every team can be so fortunate to have an owner that doesn't unvolve himself in personnel decisions...

That's one thing I don't take for granted.

April 3, 2013  09:39 AM ET

If HE was the Ol' Urlacher he would have had a new team by now, but who wants to pay him premium money when he is over his prime and fighting injuries half the season.

April 3, 2013  09:42 AM ET
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Urlacher wants to get paid like he's in the prime of his career.

Yep. He just finished a 4 year $43 million contract. It takes a while for anyone to realize all salaries are arbitrary and you are worth only what someone will pay and No more.

April 3, 2013  10:00 AM ET
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Urlacher wants to get paid like he's in the prime of his career.

Time to let that guy walk.

 
April 3, 2013  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

When a reporter asked if McCaskey was not ruling out a return, he said, "That's not up to me. Bears fans should be assured I don't involve myself in personnel decisions." Not every team can be so fortunate to have an owner that doesn't unvolve himself in personnel decisions...

LOL! That Romo contract is uhh... stupid~

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