One thing that hasn’t been talked much about during the Bears off season thus far is the potential to lose some big time players to free agency.
No loss would be bigger than middle linebacker Brian Urlacher. Not only is he a free agent heading into 2013, he has also contemplated retirement.
While Urlacher is still one of the best defensive players in the National Football League, he has been dealing with some nagging injuries over the last few seasons.
Problems with his knee, back, ankle, and neck combined with the fact that he’s 34-years-old, have started to weigh heavily on his mind in recent months.
At one point during the 2012 season he told the media that he would retire if the Bears were to have won the Super Bowl.
Even though he would be a good veteran edition to any team, Bears fans would be devastated if he were to leave whether it was retirement or simply playing for another franchise.
So what would the Bears do without #54? Here are some possibilities….. One of them could be to put Geno Hayes into the middle linebacker spot.
He filled in for Urlacher when he was injured last year and did a solid job. Another idea would be to draft a linebacker, perhaps Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o.
Or maybe the Bears could move Shea McClellin to linebacker. His speed and agility would make him a suitable candidate.
Whatever the case maybe, there is no true way to replace what Brian Urlacher has done for the Chicago Bears over the last 13 seasons.