The relationship between Brian Urlacher and the Chicago Bears has been less than cordial since Urlacher retired from the NFL last off-season.
The relationship turned to shambles when Urlacher felt he was given a low-ball offer by the Bears last season. Urlacher felt that Bears offer was an insult in the sense of the team essentially pushing him away. Though, Urlacher apparently didn’t receive any other offer since he was forced to retire.
After retiring, Urlacher was hired as an analyst for Fox Sports 1. While with Fox Sports 1, Urlacher has yet to pass up on an opportunity to criticize the Bears. From Jay Cutler to Lovie Smith being fired and the departure of Devin Hester, Urlacher has painted the Bears in a way that suggests the team is lacking football intellect. Urlacher has yet to show any signs of letting up against his former team.
Despite Urlacher’s bitterness, the Bears are planning to honor the storied middle linebacker. While speaking from the NFL Owners meetings on Monday, Bears chairman George McCaskey revealed that has plans to honor the legendary linebacker.
“I said, ‘I’d like to talk to you some time. I’ve got a couple of things I want to bounce off you,’ ” McCaskey told the Sun-Times. “We certainly want to recognize his great career at a time and place that’s suitable for him.
“When he retired, I told him, ‘We certainly want to bring you back.’ And he said, ‘Anytime that it’s not cold because when it’s cold I won’t be here.’ We can certainly do that.”-George McCaskey, Chicago Sun Times
McCaskey’s plan appears to be the Bears attempt to get Urlacher to end his anti-Bears sentiment. Though, Urlacher has yet to speak with the team about any potential plans.