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Urlacher Says He Will Give Bears A Discount To Stay In Chicago

Brian Urlacher said Tuesday he has yet to hear from the Bears regarding his future, but the veteran linebacker is hopeful that he will be back with the team for a 14th season in 2013, the Chicago Tribune reports.

“Chicago is my home,” Urlacher told “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on WMVP-AM 1000. “Whether I play for the Bears or not, that’s my home. So I want to be there and hopefully we can work something out, but if not I’ll go somewhere else.”

Urlacher is set to become a free agent soon after the Super Bowl. Asked if he definitely would be playing somewhere in 2013, Urlacher said, “For sure, yes. Still feel like I can, a little bit.”

And if it’s not in Chicago?

“Either way I’ll be good,” he said. “I’d like to play there but if not, I can move on. It’s not that big of a deal.”

Urlacher indicated that money was not a top priority for him and, given his age (34) and recent injury history (knee and hamstring ailments that cut short his last two seasons), he said he’d be willing to give the Bears a hometown “discount.” He had a base salary of $7.5 million this past season.

“When you look at my age and everything, it’s going to be hard to not give them a discount,” Urlacher said. “I’m not going to make what I was making in the past, how about that? Does that make sense? That’s fair.”



  1. Bob

    February 1, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    A discount sounds good but still would go after his replacement 1st or second rnd. I would be cautious on giving him two years. Urlacher has been injury probe and looking a little slow the past couple years. He would be an awesome mentor/lb coach. Maybe Chicago can keep him here after retirement as a coach. Looks like they brought Chris Harris back for that sort of role.

  2. Anthony Collins

    February 17, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Discount? In twelve games he was second in tackles for a loss. Second oure third in tackles period. Second in forced fumbles and you know who was first. I think he’s worth 10 million a year to Chicago. Even though Roach did a good job in Brians spot, there were too many big plays that you could see would not have happened if 54 was in there. Another full season from Brian Urlacher will bring a bunch of firsts instead of second and thirds.

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