Originally written on Purple Jesus Diaries  |  Last updated 11/20/14
Burlacher
The Chicago Bears announced yesterday that they are parting ways with Brian Urlacher, middle linebacker stalwart and balding man that pretty much has embodied everything about Chicago football for the last 13 years. 13 years! That number is bigger than the reading level age comparison of most of our readers! And this site's writer, too.  Point being, Brian Urlacher, a middle linebacker with some cache behind him, is on the free agent market. Your Minnesota Vikings, semi-active players in the free agency market, are in dire need of a middle linebacker for their team. Brian Urlacher, Minnesota Vikings, Brian Urlacher, Minnesota Vikings ... See where this is going? Have you choked yourself to death yet? However unlikely this scenario seems, it's worth a discussion, even if that discussion is filled with outrage and hate towards former Chicago Bears (LOOKING AT YOU, BERRIAN). Urlacher was apparently looking for a two year contract for around $11.5 Million. The Bears (smarter than the average bear, here) stood pretty solid on an offer of one year, up to $3 Million earned. Brian got upset, probably called them a *****, and then the team was like, "LOL, OK swaggy bro, see you later" and released a statement that said they were done trying to negotiate. BALLSY MOVE. So that leaves Urlacher on the market, and god dammit, the Vikings seem like a likely scenario. Now, I agree with Kevin Seifert at the ESPN NFC North blog that this doesn't SEEM like a Rick Spielman type of move. Spielman's MO over the past several years has clearly been trying to get younger through the draft and using the money you have to re-sign your own players. BUT. Rick has also shown the fortitude to know when he has to reach out and cover his ass, namely, when he does something like leave a position totally devoid of talent (Hi, receivers!) and then is forced into supplementing the position through free agency.  Urlacher, for the right price, could fall into that category too. Sure, he's old, slow, injured, probably has more STDs than Minnesota State - Mankato, but that just means he'd fit right in! At least during training camp. And the whole scenario here is playing out WAY too obviously. The Vikings have exactly NO ONE who could play the middle linebacker position in Leslie Frazier's Cover-2 scheme competently right now. Maybe Audie Cole eventually, but he's seemed more like and outside linebacker, and the coaches were obviously hesitant to have him play AT ALL last year, let alone start a game. Now you think they're just going to throw him into the position? I don't think so.  It's obvious what's going to happen here, and it kills me to say this because it sounds awful. But here's my ******* prediction. The Vikings are going to sign Urlacher for two years, however much millions of dollars. They are going to draft Manti T'eo (OHGODNO) with one of their first round picks (WR with the other) and let him learn from the vet for a year. They'll cut Urlacher next year, let T'eo take over, and the rest of the NFC North will continue to make fun of us for taking their leftover scraps and referencing fake girlfriends.  How excited does that get you? Hopefully not at all. [follow]
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Josh Smith released by Detroit Pistons in surprising move

13 amazing NFL stats from Week 16

JJ Watt's bloody face defines 2014 campaign

Dominic Raiola insists he didn't intentionally stomp opponent

Jets call themselves the best 3-12 team in NFL history

Cam Newton calls out 'classless' Panthers fans

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: 49ers to part ways with Harbaugh after season finale

Brad Stevens shoots down rumors he's headed to Hoosiers

Jameis Winston cleared in code of conduct case

Sherman: Patrick Peterson would be benched on Seahawks

Fans struck by lightning after Buccaneers-Packers game

Report: Philip Rivers playing through painful back injury

Brady: Edelman might be Pat's Most Dependable Player

Who can fight off the Golden State Warriors in the West?

NFL flexes Bengals-Steelers into 'Sunday Night Football' slot

Miami Dolphins electing to keep Joe Philbin a smart decision

Coughlin tells Beckham Jr to tone down TD celebrations

WATCH: Lynch ‘thanks the media for asking’ questions

10 takeaways from NFL Week 16

Tony Romo leads Dallas Cowboys to NFC East title

Ole Miss QB arrested after fighting, threatening bouncers

WATCH: Marshawn Lynch's ridiculous TD run

WATCH: Steelers' Gay draws flag for taunting teammate

WATCH: Three players ejected after Giants-Rams fight

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

13 amazing NFL stats from Week 16

JJ Watt's bloody face defines 2014 campaign

Jets claim to be best 3-12 team ever

10 takeaways from NFL Week 16

Cam Newton calls out 'classless' Panthers fans

Raiola stomps on Bears player's ankle

Bears interested in Jim Harbaugh?

Shanahan to return to 2015?

Browns interested in drafting Mariota?

Mullen wears funny Christmas sweater

RG3 returning to Redskins?

Tom Izzo hot after bad loss

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.