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McCaskey open to an Urlacher return — someday

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The rest of the NFL hasn’t exactly beaten a path to Brian Urlacher’s door after the Bears decided to move on from the veteran linebacker.

And now that emotions have had an opportunity to cool, maybe there’s a crack in that door.

Bears chairman George McCaskey didn’t say no when asked about a possible return for Urlacher, saying the two had spoken since the decision was made to part ways. But it also didn’t sound like a return to the field was likely.

“It’s up to the market and Phil [Emery, general manager] and Marc [Trestman, coach],” McCaskey said, via John Mullin of CSNChicago.com. “Phil said it’s a process and we’ll just go through it and see what happens.”

“That’s not up to me. Bears fans should be reassured that I don’t involve myself in personnel decisions.”

That’s also easy way for McCaskey to recuse himself from an unpopular decision. The Bears football staff clearly decided they didn’t want him, and insulted him with a lowball offer which he wasn’t prepared to accept.

Since then, they signed former Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams, filling the spot lest Urlacher think it’s still open.

“Brian knows how we feel about him: He’s one of the all-time great Bears, continued the outstanding linebacker legacy of the Bears, he’s going to be in the Hall of Fame and everyone’s going to think of him as a Chicago Bear,” McCaskey said. “I said going into the process that I’d be heartbroken if he didn’t come back and I am. The whole family is.”

That makes it sound like McCaskey’s thinking about a post-retirement Urlacher, as Emery seems to have made it clear they didn’t want him on the field.

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20 Responses to “McCaskey open to an Urlacher return — someday”
  1. nflintheuk says: Apr 2, 2013 4:51 PM

    “The Bears football staff clearly decided they didn’t want him, and insulted him with a lowball offer which he wasn’t prepared to accept”

    Insulted him? By offering him more than any other team in the league will? What would you have them do? Pay him over the odds for past performance and sentiment?

  2. SilentMajority says: Apr 2, 2013 4:56 PM

    I wouldn’t say they didn’t want him back, especially since they offered him two million dollars more than the next team. The Bears just didnt think he was worth $5.5 million and Urlacher did, so they had to part ways.

  3. chi3454 says: Apr 2, 2013 4:59 PM

    The Bears football staff clearly decided they didn’t want him, and insulted him with a lowball offer which he wasn’t prepared to accept.

    ————–

    How were the Bears insult Urlacher by offering him more money than any other team has? Since he passed on their “insulting” offer, they have signed two younger linebackers for less money. Just because he priced himself out of their range does not make their offer insulting.

  4. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 2, 2013 5:07 PM

    This once proud franchise is mired in perpetual mediocrity, and George Halas would be ashamed.

  5. sportsfan83 says: Apr 2, 2013 5:09 PM

    I love how so many “writers” & other team fans make Chicago out as the bad guys. I guarantee if you ask all 31 gms & Jerry Jones if Urlacher is worth the $5.5 mil he asked they’d all say no. $2 mil was and is the best offer he’s gonna get and he rejected it.

  6. kabasaman says: Apr 2, 2013 5:23 PM

    Insulted him is pure poetic license taken by the writer of this piece. He may have been hurt, but what the heck did he expect? If he is healthy, the Bears would take him back. The first thing is he would have to pass a physical. I’m not so sure he can run at all. I think Brian knows. The Bears offer might be the only offer he is gonna get.

  7. mvp43 says: Apr 2, 2013 5:24 PM

    Don’t know what the Bears could’ve done differently. You can’t pay a guy 3 mil over market value just to keep him.

    Right now the problem is Urlacher’s view of himself and his worth. If he wanted to retire a Bear as much as he says……. one would think 2 mil would be enough.

  8. larryboodry says: Apr 2, 2013 5:34 PM

    “The Bears football staff clearly decided they didn’t want him, and insulted him with a lowball offer which he wasn’t prepared to accept.”

    Glad to see I am not the only one who disagrees with the above statement…He turned down $2 mil a year to come back, and no one else has offered him squat. There was no insult except to Urlacher’s inflated ego.

  9. larryboodry says: Apr 2, 2013 5:40 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 2, 2013 5:07 PM

    “This once proud franchise is mired in perpetual mediocrity, and George Halas would be ashamed.”

    The Bears are STILL a proud franchise, but obviously a Packer troll such as yourself could never have the class to entertain such a thought.

  10. 1historian says: Apr 2, 2013 5:42 PM

    Proof #3605 pf the simple fact that pro football is a business.

  11. iowahbr says: Apr 2, 2013 5:43 PM

    everyone keeps saying the amount was 2 mill. but I also hear it was $500,000 plus all kind of playing incentives. Who knows the real truth but my guess is that if it had been 2 mill straight he would have signed.

  12. deiong says: Apr 2, 2013 5:43 PM

    “That’s not up to me.”

    take your pair out of d w’s man bag and be a man, stop trying to push the blame on someone else. i’m a bears fan, but the way they acted this year they showed zero respect, absolutely no loyalty. and the sad thing is that they will no doubt reap what they sow.. why should any of their stars ever show them a ounce of loyalty. its not like urlacher wasn’t willing to negotiate, or even asked for a huge huge amount.. and is still better then the small chance there wont be a repeat suspension for drugs and peds taking lb that they got. hopefully he’s done with that. but I wouldn’t be overly surprised to hear he gets suspended games again…

  13. wrenches2pipes says: Apr 2, 2013 6:09 PM

    Is Urlacher worth an extra 3 mill, 1 year,for his Bear legacy? Cheap.

  14. vicnocal says: Apr 2, 2013 6:13 PM

    “The Bears football staff clearly decided they didn’t want him, and insulted him with a lowball offer which he wasn’t prepared to accept.”

    As soon as I read that part, I knew this article was written by Darin Gantt, once again injecting his (incorrect) opinion into a piece.

  15. gophercakes says: Apr 2, 2013 7:07 PM

    Darin Gantt… Everytime I read something on PFT that comes across as opinionated an unprofessional I find your name on it.

    Truly, you are the Skip Bayless of PFT.

  16. immafubared says: Apr 2, 2013 7:24 PM

    Donald -love him, Driver played one too many years. The Bears are not going to make that mistake with Urlacher. Yes he had a great career, no one questions that but at his age to be asking for the kind of money he is, its just a big payday before going out to pasture.

    Its obvious the owners are colluded to get rid of the Urlachers and move on and save da money.

    I mean common, one owner over drinks mentions quietly that they are not going to keep some older players and they all don’t here that and play follow leader. Of course it happens.

  17. urlacher54 says: Apr 2, 2013 7:35 PM

    Sportsfan83, love how you dont consider JJ a real GM. That is awesome.

    Brian was offered an over market value contract considering his age, previous injuries, and current ability. Obviously from my screen name, I love Urlacher as a player more than any other. But, he was NOT insulted by the Bears, he overvalued himself.

  18. chi01town says: Apr 2, 2013 8:21 PM

    NO!…. Its time for change and Urlacher can keep going. and filthymcnasty can call it what he wants to. This is about winning not Urlacher and his ego. CHANGE IS HAPPENING IN CHICAGO and I like it for better or worse. Middle of the pack teams like Chicago dont win the Superbowl and sometimes you have to get worse before you get better. Im with Emery and he wants his own team.

  19. blackhawks2010 says: Apr 3, 2013 1:53 AM

    Go to Seattle Brian.

  20. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 3, 2013 11:20 PM

    Basically, you couldn’t pay him enough to want to stay.

    I guess that’s pretty telling about where he thinks this franchise is heading.

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