Nov 4, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) pursues a Tennessee Titans ball carrier during the second half at LP Field. The Bears beat the Titans 51-20. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-US Presswire

Brian Urlacher’s Career Could Be Finished


The calendar has flipped from April to May and former Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher is still unemployed.  I was hoping that after the draft, when the secondary free agent market opened back up, the former face of the Chicago Bears would find a new home.  The longer it goes, to more likely it seems that the only football Urlacher will be playing in 2013 will be on his Xbox.

As ESPN’s NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert highlights, the market for past their prime veterans is not looking good as Urlacher and former Packers defensive back Charles Woodson and Lions DE Kyle Vanden Bosh are still on the market.  

Here’s what they have to say on Urlacher:

Linebacker Brian Urlacher

Chadiha: “This doesn’t look good for Urlacher at this stage. He may have played his last NFL game.”

Seifert take: Earlier this offseason, the word around the NFL is that Urlacher would play for the Bears or no one else in 2013. The Bears’ final contract offer, one that that didn’t guarantee him much beyond the veteran’s minimum, suggested that the team who knew him best wasn’t very interested. The Minnesota Vikings would be a possibility only if none of their internal candidates, including Erin Henderson, can handle the job.

It’s really a shame if this is how Urlacher’s career ends.  A lot of people can blame the Bears for Urlacher’s demise, thinking that the Bears should have just agreed to pay the price Urlacher was seeking as some sort of “lifetime achievement award” for the years of service Urlacher had given the Bears.

Those fans are misguided and don’t have the Bears’ greater good in mind.  They have their own sense of nostalgia as a top priority while my top priority is an early February parade and a bright shiny trophy.  The Bears had a good sense of Urlacher’s market value and still offered him a lifeline; it was Brian who turned it away and grossly miscalculated.

For those still asking for the Bears to step up and throw Brian a bone and re-offer the deal, you can forget it.  The Bears have moved on and so should you.  They have signed stop-gap free agents DJ Williams and James Anderson and drafted Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene, who can actually run.

In the meantime, enjoy Urlacher’s career highlight clip that I pulled from YouTube and wait for his eventual enshrinement in Canton:

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  • dbl j

    Bears fans putting their own sense of Nostalgia above the greater goals of the team? I simply just can’t believe that….
    By the way, I’m really looking forward to freezing my butt off at Solider field in November and December this year. My favorite part of the experience are the glorious columns still in tack after all these years.

    • BearGogglesOn

      Do I sense some sarcasm?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ray.rivard.963 Ray Rivard

    Boomer,

    Thanks for this piece. As a Packers fan, it’s hard for me to say good things about Urlacher, but there’s no question he’s been the heart and soul of the team for the past 10-plus years and I’ve come to respect him for all he’s done for the game. He was a great one. But I can’s say us Packers fans will miss him! We’re feeling the same about Charles Woodson. It’s tough to see these guys fade away.
    Ray Rivard
    Lombardiave.com

    • BearGogglesOn

      Ray – besides the rivalry, I’d like to think that there is always a respect across the lines of fire. You don’t have to like Urlacher, just like I don’t have to Rodgers, but I respect the hell out of him.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ray.rivard.963 Ray Rivard

        You got that right, Boomer. That’s what it’s all about.

  • disqus_ipgPdsuilB

    Unfortunately this is the way its done in all sports. Management is all about money and winning. Loyalty to players doesn’t exist. Players are only as valuable as they keep producing wins, otherwise they’re gone.

    • Mike Foote

      That goes both ways. It isn’t like the players are martyrs.

    • BearGogglesOn

      The Bears were plenty loyal to Urlacher. A few years ago, they handed him $a healthy contract extension even though he still had a couple years left on his deal. The Bears never slighted him and even at the end, they offered $2 million more than any other team did.

  • Dale Holmgren

    They gave him a generous final contract and didn’t let him die out there on the field. I say the Bears handled it with grace.

  • Gary Dodson

    Urlacher is hilarious on those Xfinity commercials for Comcast.Retire from the NFL and go into acting, leave and move on with a new start doing something with more longevity than football.

    • BearGogglesOn

      Uh… that would be a bit of a stretch.

  • Mike Foote

    He could have stayed for the league minimum for veterans and helped the teams cap, (since he goes on and on that it isn’t about the money) had an amazing farewell your, gotten plaques in every city, a standing ovation for his last home game, and cemented his status forever as a hero in Chicago. He got greedy instead (no one is surprised by that) and now he is out.

    Love you Brian, but you only have yourself to blame.

    • BearGogglesOn

      Could not agree more Mike with one exception. Urlacher made a career of properly diagnosing plays but this time he missed the boat. I don’t think he got greedy as much as he grossly overvalued himself. That said, he has only himself to blame.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.richmond.1806 Brian Sobbolman

    He’s always been over rated. The bears boosted his ego all those years. That didn’t help the organization or him.

    • BearGogglesOn

      I disagree that he was overrated. His size/speed ratio changed the game and allowed Lovie Smith to run the Bears defense the way he did, with Urlacher covering the entire middle of the field and roaming sideline to sideline.

      If you think he was overrated, do you think he’s a Hall of Famer?

  • Hugo S LaVia

    Enjoy your retirement Brian. Since you began it about three seasons ago …