Bears’ linebacker Brian Urlacher appeared on ESPN’s “Waddle & Silvy” show Tuesday and told the hosts that he is willing to give the Bears a hometown discount for them to sign him. Urlacher, currently a UFA, made it clear that he understands his age and injuries will make it difficult for him to not give the team a discount:
“When you look at my age and everything, it's going to be hard to not give them a discount,” Urlacher said on WMVP-AM. “I'm not going to make what I was making in the past, how about that? Does that make sense? That's fair.”
Thus far, both Trestman and Emery have been unwilling to publicly say whether or not they plan on making the face of the franchise an offer. And while Urlacher wants to finish his career with the Bears, he did say he would go elsewhere if he was forced to, as he “for sure” plans on playing next season.
Urlacher did go on to state that he understands why the Bears haven’t made him an offer yet, as they have “more important things to take care of right now.” And while they have been noncommittal, the fact that new defensive coordinator Mel Tucker plans on playing a similar style of defense would seem to favor the Bears bringing No. 54 back.
Urlacher struggled at times last season as he battled knee and hamstring injuries. But the Bears do not have anyone clearly better to offer at the middle linebacker position.
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