The Chicago Bears are going to head into the new NFL season without a player that has been in their line-up for a long time. Chicago announced on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, that they will be parting ways with linebacker Brian Urlacher after both sides were unable to reach an agreement on a free agent deal.
Urlacher has spent all 13 of his NFL seasons with the Chicago Bears.
The veteran is looked at as one of the best linebackers in the history of the Bears. Many times, he is often seen as one of the greatest linebackers in the history of the entire NFL, and it's quite a surprise that the Bears would let Urlacher go.
"We were unable to reach an agreement with Brian and both sides have decided to move forward," Bears general manager Phil Emery said in a statement. "Brian has been an elite player in our league for over a decade. He showed great leadership and helped develop a winning culture over his time with the Bears. We appreciate all he has given our team, on and off the field. Brian will always be welcome as a member of the Bears."
That's just the way NFL free agency goes.
In 2012, Urlacher recorded 68 tackles, one interception, and two forced fumbles in 12 games played. During his 12-year career with the Bears, Urlacher has racked up 1353 tackles, 41.5 sacks, 12 forced fumbles, and 22 interceptions in 182 total games played.