Since arriving as a first-round draft pick in 2000, Brian Urlacher has been one of the Bears’ best and most popular players. But he may not have a future in Chicago.
New Bears coach Marc Trestman was asked twice on Thursday about Urlacher’s future, and he twice declined to commit to anything.
“Objectively, I’ve watched the man play for a lot of years,” Trestman said, via the Chicago Tribune. “He exemplifies what being a Chicago Bear is all about. We all know that. When I step out of this room, we’ll begin to study and I’ll talk to [G.M. Phil Emery] about where personnel fits and how it works.”
That might seem like the generic answer a new coach would give about any player, but Trestman was perfectly happy to talk about his plans for coaching other players, including quarterback Jay Cutler, whom Trestman said he was eager to get his hands on.
When asked if he wants Urlacher to be a Bear in 2013, Trestman again declined to commit.
“I recognize certainly what he has meant to this locker room and to the fan base,” Trestman said. “When we get done here, we’ll try to answer some of those questions.”
Urlacher, who will become a free agent in March and turn 35 in May, missed the last four games of the season and said in December that he’ll be sad but not crushed if it turns out that he’s done with the Bears. At that time, however, Urlacher said he believed he’d be back.
Trestman doesn’t sound so sure about that.