Found March 21, 2013 on
In The Neutral Zone:
Since 2000 the one constant in the Bears defense was Brian Urlacher. Until now. Unable to agree to terms the Chicago Bears and Brian Urlacher have agreed to part ways. For many years he was the heart and soul of the defense. Now the defense will have a different look going into the 2013 season. In a report stated by Yahoo sports, the Bears released the following statement:
“We were unable to reach an agreement with Brian and both sides have decided to move forward,” general manager Phil Emery said in a statement released by the team. “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.”
“Over the last 13 years, Brian Urlacher has been an outstanding player, teammate, leader and face of our franchise,” said Bears chairman George H. McCaskey. “As Bears fans, we have been lucky to have such a humble superstar represent our city. He embodies the same characteristics displayed by the Bears all-time greats who played before him and he will eventually join many of them in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. We thank Brian for all he has given our team and our city. He will always be a part of the Bears family. We wish him the very best.”
With the Bears moving on without Urlacher, and losing versatile backup Nick Roach to the Oakland Raiders in free agency, Blake Costanzo, one of the best special teams players in the league, is penciled in as the starting middle linebacker.
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I was in line at the Jewel grocery store Wednesday when word started spreading through Chicago: Brian Urlacher is no longer a Bear.
Where were you when you heard it, Chicago?
"They finally did it?'' the guy behind me asked. "What did they get for him?''
They didn't trade him. They dumped him.
"They dumped him,'' he repeated. "Ah...
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Unfortunately for them, Chicago's new head coach doesn't have an update.
Urlacher remained unsigned Wednesday as Trestman spoke with the media Wednesday morning at the NFL owners meeting.
The fact Urlacher hasn...
Brian Urlacher is in search of a new team after the Bears chose to part ways and not re-sign him. Many experts figure the Minnesota Vikings would be a logical landing spot.
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After the Chicago Bears announced tonight that they weren’t going to be re-signing linebacker Brian Urlacher, he made it clear that he was given an ultiminatium.
The Bears reportedly made Urlacher a one-year, $2 million offer and said take it, or leave it.
“It wasn’t even an offer, it was an ultimatum,” Urlacher told the Chicago Tribune. “I feel like I’m a decent football...
Not trying to resign linebacker Brian Urlacher is a move that is going to be widely looked upon as a little crazy; at least by many Bears fans. However, what might really be crazy is what the team is reported to have offered the long time veteran--
One year for $2 million.
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Brian Urlacher has been at the core of the Chicago Bears defense for past 13 seasons, but that will soon change,.
After attempting to work out a new contract with the Bears for the past few months, the two sides were unable to work out a new deal and are preparing to move on without one another.
Urlacher, 34, has been one the best middle linebackers in football for over a decade...
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According to Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears have signed former Broncos’ linebacker D.J. Williams to take over for Brian Urlacher.
Williams was a heck of a player in Denver before he found trouble. The Bears are now giving him a chance to turn things around.
Williams, 30, was cut by the Broncos after a season in which he faced two suspensions, a six game suspension...
It didn't take long for the Chicago Bears to find Brian Urlacher's replacement. On Friday, the Bears announced that D.J. Williams was signed to a one-year deal.
The deal is worth $900,000 and isn't guaranteed, but Williams can earn up to $1.75 in 2013 after a series of roster bonuses.
Williams spent all nine of his NFL seasons with the Denver Broncos playing inside...
The Chicago Bears announced Wednesday that the team was unable to reach an agreement on a new contract with unrestricted free agent middle linebacker Brian Urlacher.