Dec. 23, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Chicago Bears injured linebacker Brian Urlacher prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears Looking To Mend The Fence With Brian Urlacher


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.

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  • StuManChu

    That crap is on Urlacher. He could have retired gracefully or accepted farewell tour money from the Bears Instead he chose to show his ass and found out no one else wanted him at any price. Good player but I could not care less about honoring him. He is no Payton, Sayers, Ditka or Butkis. He is just another guy who used to play for the Bears.

    • David A Maupin

      He is a little more than just another guy that played for the Bears. Roosevelt Colvin was Just another guy that played for the Bears. Brian was more than just another player. A true fan would know that. He did great things for the team and city for 13 years at a well above average pace and result. Urlacher IS however just another HOFer that played for the Bears. It ended on a sour note but we really don’t know the whole story. But do we really want to know? I choose to remember Urlacher as the player that gave us 13 years of hall of fame caliber football.

      • Robert Napier

        Ditto that. I believe Urlachers leadership was a big part of what was missing from our D last season. He is one of the great Bears of all time. Many of his comments are taken out of context, If you only printed PART of what I say, I would seem like the worlds biggest jerk too.

      • Sammy Z

        Unfortunately, the reality of the game is that he is after all, just another football player. And at his current level of play, he was a player on the decline and not worth what he thought he was. Notice how 31 other teams didn’t think he was worth the money either?

        I love Urlacher but this is no longer his team. This is Emery’s team and he’s shown that by his shrewdness at the negotiating table.

  • Daniel Michaels

    It’s time to bury the hatchet.