Urlacher leaning towards rival
Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has been on the free agent market for a while now and hasn’t made a single visit yet. The market for him has been completely silent since the NFL Draft. According to a report today from the Pioneer Press it appears that Urlacher is leaning towards the Minnesota Vikings but that the Denver Broncos are also in play.
According to Chicago Sun-Times gossip columnist Michael Sneed, the longtime Bears star is close to making a decision about his football future. And he’s looking north.
“Brian is leaning toward heading to Minnesota and is talking a one- to two-year contract,” Sneed said Tuesday, quoting a source “close to Urlacher.”
Sneed says the eight-time Pro Bowler, who turned up his nose at the Bears’ $1.6 million contract offer back in March, also is talking to the Denver Broncos. (Kevin Cusick – Pioneer Press)
This is interesting because a few weeks ago Vikings GM Rick Spielman told ESPN 1500 Twin Cities that he was happy with the young bodies the team had at linebacker and wanted to see what they could do.
He did have a chuckle though and said “Right now, I don’t anticipate us doing anything (with Urlacher). But in the personnel side, you’re always out there looking for potential players or this or that who can come in and add and help you win ballgames.”
With the Vikings now building a new stadium I’m thinking they’d bring in Urlacher. Why not bring in a 13 time Pro-Bowler to keep building the excitement. He won’t be around when the stadium is ready but he could be a big help in keeping the team in the 2013 playoff race.
It will probably come down to money as he made $7.5 million last season and already turned down a $1.6 million offer from the Bears. I doubt he’d get that much up front but we’ll see.