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Brian Urlacher | Linebacker

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (35) / 5/25/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 258
College: New Mexico
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Ex-Bears MLB Brian Urlacher plans to file his retirement papers immediately.
Urlacher isn't going to be wishy-washy. "We talked to every team in the NFL, and maybe in July or August it would have happened, but I'm not going to wait," he said. "I want to be somewhere where somebody wants me. I don't want to go somewhere where, 'Oh, so-and-so got hurt, we need you.' I don't want that to be the situation." Urlacher added that the contract the Bears offered him wasn't enough for him to put his body on the line for a 14th NFL season. Thu, May 23, 2013 08:12:00 AM

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Ex-Bears MLB Brian Urlacher says there's "no scenario" in which he'd un-retire.

"I'm tired of working out," Urlacher said in a Wednesday radio interview. Urlacher also admitted his troublesome knee will never be the same. "I won't be able to move like I want to." Hanging up his cleats with 1,229 tackles, 41.5 sacks, 22 interceptions and 12 forced fumbles to his name, Urlacher is the living embodiment of a Hall-of-Famer.
Wed, May 22, 2013 03:06:00 PM

Free agent MLB Brian Urlacher has retired from the NFL after 13 seasons.

Urlacher, 35 in three days, spent his entire career with the Bears. "Although I could continue playing, I'm not sure I would bring a level of performance or passion that's up to my standards," Urlacher wrote in a statement. "When considering this, along with the fact that I could retire after a 13-year career wearing only one jersey for such a storied franchise, my decision became pretty clear." It's hard to see Urlacher forced out of the game like this, but no team was willing to sign him after his skills declined sharply last season. An injury to a middle linebacker around the league could give Urlacher an opportunity, and he could change his mind. But at this moment, he finishes his career with 1,229 tackles, 41.5 sacks, 22 interceptions, 12 forced fumbles, and eight Pro Bowl selections. He's a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame.
Wed, May 22, 2013 11:08:00 AM

Bears GM Phil Emery says re-signing free agent MLB Brian Urlacher is "less likely to happen than more likely."

There are only so many different ways Emery can say it. Urlacher isn't going to be re-signed. The Bears are moving on with one of rookie Jon Bostic or veteran D.J. Williams at middle linebacker. The Broncos and Vikings have recently been linked to Urlacher, but it doesn't sound like either is interested.
Wed, May 15, 2013 10:05:00 PM

Coach Leslie Frazier confirmed the Vikings have no interest in free agent MLB Brian Urlacher right now.

The Vikings would rather roll with Erin Henderson and a bunch of unheralded youngsters than bring in 35-year-old Urlacher. "Brian has been a great player in our league for a long, long time," Frazier said. "He was a thorn in our side for many years. At this point we want to look at the guys on our roster, give them a chance to compete for the middle linebacker position then we'll see where it takes us."
Source: NFL.com
Wed, May 15, 2013 09:47:00 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Vikings aren't planning to sign free agent Brian Urlacher, "barring unforeseen circumstances."

The Vikings have a fragile situation at middle linebacker with former special teamer/weak side 'backer Erin Henderson currently penciled in, but Urlacher would only be an upgrade in terms of intangibles. What Urlacher put on tape last season is overriding his Hall-of-Fame résumé.
Tue, May 14, 2013 08:26:00 PM

The Denver Post reports the Broncos are not interested in free agent Brian Urlacher "period."

Middle linebacker is one of the Broncos' lone holes, but they're not interested in plugging it with a soon-to-be 35 year old who could barely move last season. The Chicago Sun-Times passed along speculation earlier Tuesday that Urlacher is "leaning" toward signing with the Vikings, but there have been no official reports to that effect.
Tue, May 14, 2013 01:18:00 PM

A source tells Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed that free agent Brian Urlacher is "leaning toward" the Vikings.

Sneed is not a beat reporter and has no history of breaking news. But she does say her source is "close to Urlacher" and the Vikings still make the most sense. Despite a gaping hole at middle linebacker, Minnesota invested only fourth- (Gerald Hodges) and seventh-round picks (Michael Mauti) on linebackers.
Tue, May 14, 2013 11:52:00 AM

Former Broncos GM Ted Sundquist expects free agent Brian Urlacher's market to pick up once teams begin releasing veterans with a post-June 1 designation.

"(After June 1) clubs are going to be focusing again on where they can find good, veteran talent that they can bring in at a bargain price," Sundquist said. "I think Urlacher is going to get mixed into that group." Sundquist could be right, but it's not promising for Urlacher that his market remains stone silent nearly two weeks after the draft. Urlacher hasn't made a single visit in free agency.
Wed, May 8, 2013 02:37:00 PM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman "chuckled" when asked about the possibility of signing free agent Brian Urlacher, but refused to rule it out.

"Right now, I don't anticipate us doing anything (with Urlacher)," Spielman said. "But in the personnel side, you're always out there looking for potential players or this or that who can come in and add and help you win ballgames." The Vikings failed to address their need at linebacker before the No. 120 pick in the draft, and remain on the prowl for veteran help. If they sign Urlacher, it won't be because of his 2012 tape.
Mon, Apr 29, 2013 10:27:00 AM

ESPN 1500 Twin Cities thinks there is a possibility the Vikings could look at signing free agent Brian Urlacher.

The Vikings have a gaping hole at MIKE linebacker after they didn't do much to address the position in the draft. WLB Erin Henderson could shift to the middle, and second-year LB Audie Cole may also get a look. "We're going to assess what we have," GM Rick Spielman said. "We'll get to that on Monday."
Sun, Apr 28, 2013 10:12:00 AM

Bears GM Phil Emery hasn't completely ruled out re-signing free agent Brian Urlacher.

It was more of a "never say never" sentiment from Emery, who still made it sound highly unlikely Urlacher dons a Bears uniform in 2013. Urlacher is only interested in playing for a contender, but hasn't drawn serious interest from any team since his release.
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 01:23:00 PM

A source with knowledge of the situation tells Profootballtalk.com that free agent Brian Urlacher is only considering playing for a contender.

Per PFT, no deal is imminent for Urlacher but he's talking with "a few teams," all of which look like playoff clubs. "If anything happens," writes PFT's Mike Florio, "it likely won't happen for a while." It sounds like most teams prefer to see what happens in the draft before seriously entertaining Urlacher, who turns 35 in May.
Fri, Apr 5, 2013 07:55:00 PM

The Bears haven't ruled out re-signing free agent Brian Urlacher.

"That's up to the market and (GM Phil Emery) and (coach Marc Trestman)," owner George McCaskey said. "Phil said it's a process, and we just go through it and see what happens." Urlacher's market has been nonexistent since the Bears announced the sides were parting ways, so perhaps he'll eventually sign up for a Rey Lewis-esque one last ride. However, as the face of the franchise, McCaskey is likely just being diplomatic. If Emery and Trestman had any intention of re-signing Urlacher, it almost certainly would have been done by now.
Tue, Apr 2, 2013 04:02:00 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports a "few teams" are interested in free agent Brian Urlacher, but that "nothing is imminent," and no visits have been arranged.

Urlacher's agent couldn't muster a single team to leak. Urlacher said last Friday he'd gotten phone calls from the Cowboys, Vikings and Cardinals, but no one appears ready to host the aging linebacker for a visit. Urlacher is going to have to be amenable to a bargain-basement deal to come off the market.
Mon, Mar 25, 2013 12:25:00 PM

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