Urlacher: Bears didn't want me

Posted: March 22, 2013

BRIAN URLACHER doesn't believe the Chicago Bears' front office was being sincere when it said that it wanted him to re-sign with the team.

The Bears announced Wednesday they were unable to come to a free-agent deal with Urlacher and were moving on without one of the greatest linebackers in franchise history.

Urlacher told "Mike & Mike in the Morning" on ESPN Radio that he tried to stay out of the negotiations, "but it was hard for me to stay out of that, because it got a little personal there at the end, just because I think I have so much passion for the team. I wanted to be a Bear. I wanted to play here and finish my career here, and I think that's what kind of made me mad too.

"The Bears kept saying, 'We want to make Brian a Bear, retire a Bear. Blah, blah, blah.' It was all lip service in my mind. They said that, but they never acted on it. It was like they all had a handbook on how to handle the situation they passed out around there."

Urlacher said the Bears asked him to make an offer, and the Chicago Tribune reported that Urlacher's original proposal was for 2 years and $11.5 million.

"My first offer I knew I was going to have to come down from," Urlacher said.

ESPN reported that the Bears made a 1-year, $2 million offer. Urlacher made a 1-year, $3.5 million counteroffer.

"And then they said, 'No, you take this offer or leave it. Take it or leave it,' " Urlacher said. "It was kind of an ultimatum."

Urlacher, 34, said while $2 million is a lot of money, he didn't want to put his body through another season for that amount. Urlacher has played his entire 13-season career with the Bears. He is an eight-time Pro Bowler.

Noteworthy * 

The Tennessee Titans agreed to a 1-year contract with safety Bernard Pollard. A 7-year veteran, Pollard spent the past two seasons with Baltimore. The 6-1 Pollard also played with Kansas City and Houston, starting 85 of his 105 career games with nine interceptions, nine sacks, 10 forced fumbles and seven recovered fumbles.

* The New York Giants re-signed quarterback David Carr to continue to be Eli Manning's backup. The 2002 No. 1 overall pick in the draft has been Manning's backup in four of the last five seasons.

* Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mark Duper is facing charges he beat up his 17-year-old son during a series of fights at their Jacksonville home. Jacksonville police say Duper, 54, following his arrest Wednesday, spent the night in jail before posting a $5,000 bail and being released.

Police say Duper attacked his son, Marcus, three times Wednesday night, twice knocking him out. Former Dolphins defensive end Hugh Green said he witnessed the brawls and that Marcus Duper started the fight and his father acted in self-defense.

* A federal grand jury in Dallas reindicted former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd, who already is accused of trying to establish a drug-distribution network. The new indictment charges Hurd, 27, with conspiracy to possess 5 kilograms or more of cocaine with intent to distribute. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.

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