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Emery says efforts to sign Urlacher are “ongoing”

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Bears G.M. Phil Emery doesn’t talk very much.  And when he does, he doesn’t really say anything.

Emery didn’t step out of character when discussing the status of talks with linebacker Brian Urlacher.

“That is an ongoing process, and we’ll keep working through that process,” Emery said, via Larry Mayer of the team’s official website. “As I said at the Combine, once we work through that, everybody will know that decision.”

Emery, as he always does, opted for privacy.

“I think that is where it is done best and I think that is where both parties can talk freely to one another and come to the best conclusion for the player and the team,” Emery said.

Emery did admit that the team is now “up against the cap” after signing left tackle Jermon Bushrod and tight end Martellus Bennett.

The Bears don’t have much competition for Urlacher, for now.  The Vikings may be interested, and the non-Chicago team where Urlacher would make the most sense — the Cowboys — are having more cap problems than Abe Lincoln in a blizzard.

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16 Responses to “Emery says efforts to sign Urlacher are “ongoing””
  1. dabears2485 says: Mar 14, 2013 6:43 PM

    “more cap problems than Abe Lincoln in a blizzard.”

    lol….nice

  2. flavordave says: Mar 14, 2013 6:44 PM

    An aging old middle linebacker will be unable keep pace with Chip Kelly’s spread read option offense. The Bears know this. Every team knows this. McCoy will be over 2000 yards rushing by week 10.

  3. cullimon says: Mar 14, 2013 6:44 PM

    I see what u did there

  4. wludford says: Mar 14, 2013 6:47 PM

    The Vikings could sign Urlacher if they want him bad enough. They have more cap space than the Bears do. Not much, but more.

    I think Urlacher fits into the ‘nice to have, but not essential’ category for both teams, who have a hole at MLB and will probably draft one in the early rounds.

    I could see the Vikings offering Urlacher something like a 1-year, $4m deal with an option on another year at the same price. Whether Urlacher would sign it or the Bears would match it is a question mark.

  5. nineroutsider says: Mar 14, 2013 6:47 PM

    Old and slow now. I think its time for him to hang’em up. Congrats on a great career; don’t settle for a weak contract or back-up role. The league tells you when your services are no longer valued and they are telling you that now.

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 14, 2013 6:59 PM

    “Phil, dear, let’s show our love for each other and renew our wedding vows! Won’t that be sweet?”.

    “All I can say at the moment is this is an ongoing process, Peaches, and we’ll keep working through that process…..”.

  7. ososrule says: Mar 14, 2013 7:20 PM

    “An aging old middle linebacker will be unable keep pace with Chip Kelly’s spread read option offense. The Bears know this. Every team knows this. McCoy will be over 2000 yards rushing by week 10.”

    What exactly does McCoy having 2000 rushing yds, have to do with Brian Urlacher’s contract. Bears play the Eagles once next season. Typical Eagles fan, always running their mouths and in turn sticking their foot there, at the end of the season.

  8. danno1212 says: Mar 14, 2013 7:28 PM

    flavordave says:
    Mar 14, 2013 6:44 PM
    An aging old middle linebacker will be unable keep pace with Chip Kelly’s spread read option offense. The Bears know this. Every team knows this. McCoy will be over 2000 yards rushing by week 10.

    ==================================

    Good luck with Dream Team 2.0!

  9. daCoach says: Mar 14, 2013 7:43 PM

    It’s very simple. The Bears want him back at their price (1M or a little more).

    If they didn’t want him back they would have told him just like they told DJ Moore.

    They are letting him test the market so he comes down to their pricetag.

  10. larryboodry says: Mar 14, 2013 7:55 PM

    Urlacher in any other uniform would be too weird…I hope he comes back where he belongs.

  11. conormacleod says: Mar 14, 2013 8:16 PM

    Not sure if I want the Vikings to sign him or not. Does he have much left in the tank?

  12. longcutskolvikes says: Mar 14, 2013 9:20 PM

    I’d be shocked if he ended up with the Vikes.

  13. chi01town says: Mar 14, 2013 9:47 PM

    Urlacher should go home his time is up. his head is still in the game but his body isnt. Emery is trying to
    softly send him home or get him cheap. but the team wont pay Urlacher 5.5 million he aint worth that. Emery should keep working on the O-line

  14. voiceofsweetness says: Mar 14, 2013 10:09 PM

    flavordave says Blah blah blah Eagles.
    Dude get a life or spend more time sending Chip Kelly love letters

  15. doubledown44 says: Mar 14, 2013 11:32 PM

    I’m not a Bears fan, but I’d like to see him stay in Chicago. He seems like one of those players who should be part of one team for their whole career.

  16. pappavike says: Mar 15, 2013 2:47 AM

    Urlacher, would be a nice fill in at best!! So the Vikes have to get him on the cheap, for no more than a two year deal!! I my self would pass!! Get a younger model in the draft! It’s not like they don’t have enough picks

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