(NEW YORK) — Brian Urlacher’s 13-year career with the Chicago Bears is over. The Bears announced Wednesday that they will not be re-signing the eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker.
According to sources of ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the Bears’ offered Urlacher a one-year contract worth $2 million. Urlacher countered by asking for a one-year contract worth $3.5 million and incentives that would add another $500,000, according to sources of ESPN’s Ed Werder, but the Bears wouldn’t bite.
“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.”
The 34-year-old Urlacher played in 12 games last season before missing the last four with a hamstring injury. He had 68 tackles, two forced fumbles and one touchdown before the injury.
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