The Chicago Bears have made a bit of splash in the free agency pool, signing TE Martellus Bennett and DT Jermon Bushrod. Despite Chicago’s obvious willingness to open their wallet for free agents, they have yet to make an offer to longtime Bears’ linebacker Brian Urlacher.
In fact, they haven’t even responded to Urlacher’s contract proposal (rumoured to be a 2-year deal) with a counteroffer.
According to Yahoo Sports’ Michael Silver, there are a handful of teams that are interested in acquiring Urlacher’s services.
According to a source familiar with Urlacher’s situation, there doesn’t seem to be a prevailing sense of urgency coming from Halas Hall as the official start of the 2013 league year approaches Tuesday afternoon. Urlacher, 34, received interest from several teams during the 87-hour “legal tampering” period that preceded the start of free agency, though it’s believed he prefers to remain with the franchise that drafted him ninth overall in 2000.
In 12 games last season, the 34-year-old Pro Bowler had 68 tackles, 2 forced fumbles and an interception.
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