Brian Urlacher is leaving the Chicago Bears. After 14 years with the Bears, Urlacher is leaving to become a free agent. According to a report from CBS Sports on Wednesday (March 20), the two sides weren't able to come to an agreement to bring him back for another season and now the linebacker will likely sign with a new franchise.
Speaking about what had taken place, Bears general manager Phil Emery stated that, "We were unable to reach an agreement with Brian and both sides have decided to move forward. 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."
Though it appears that the leader of the defense for the Bears is likely heading out the door, at least it appears that the two sides will end on good terms. This is one of those cases that just come down to money. The Bears want to sign Urlacher to an affordable veteran contract, but he and his agent feel that he deserves more money than is currently being offered. From that standpoint, it would be hard to blame him if he signed with another team.
Brian Urlacher leaving in this fashion might be frustrating to some Chicago Bears fans, but it is one of those tough moves that come in the NFL. At 34 years old it is unclear just how much football he has left in him and the Bears front office obviously felt that a long-term deal might be too costly at this point in time.
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