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Report: Urlacher considering Vikings, Broncos

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All has been quiet on the Brian Urlacher front in the months since the Bears announced that he wouldn’t be back, but he may have a couple of teams interested in his services.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported on Tuesday that Urlacher had interest from both the Vikings and the Broncos, and that he was leaning toward the Vikings.

The Sun-Times report came from gossip columnist Michael Sneed, who isn’t known for breaking NFL news, but we had previously heard that there was some contact between Urlacher and the Vikings, so seeing Urlacher in purple wouldn’t be a huge surprise.

At age 34, Urlacher isn’t the player he once was, but we’d expect him to catch on somewhere before the start of training camp.

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  1. matthewcarlson1 says: May 14, 2013 12:31 PM

    He’d be a nice one year gap-filler.

  2. floratiotime says: May 14, 2013 12:32 PM

    The problem is that they’re not considering him.

  3. unbiasfan says: May 14, 2013 12:33 PM

    Come to the Vikings if you want a super bowl ring, we love aging NFC north players! #SkolVikings

  4. larryboodry says: May 14, 2013 12:34 PM

    Shows he’s more concerned with getting back at the Bears than with winning…Denver has a much better shot at going all the way than MN does.

  5. joughstef says: May 14, 2013 12:35 PM

    Minneapolis is the NFC North’s Boca Del Vista.

  6. walker615 says: May 14, 2013 12:35 PM

    Broncos sources say the team has zero interest in urlacher. That’s a non-starter.

    Charles Woodson = yes, Urlacher = no

  7. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 14, 2013 12:35 PM

    My sources are telling me there’s some disagreement internally with the Vikings over whether they should bring in a veteran or not. I think they should bring Urlacher to training camp so they have him if they need him. This could be a pretty good season so you don’t want to be caught short at the linebacker position.

  8. larryboodry says: May 14, 2013 12:37 PM

    unbiasfan says: May 14, 2013 12:33 PM

    “Come to the Vikings if you want a super bowl ring…”

    Who’s gonna sell him one?

  9. 619sdfan4life says: May 14, 2013 12:39 PM

    Yeah broncos sign him and Woodson, and I’m sure they can get some good rates from AARP. Holy crap looks like elway is trying to make his team as old as he is. Definitely a one year championship run this year in Denver. As long as they load up on icy hot and cortisone they should be good!!!!

    Lol good luck Dever

  10. dafedub says: May 14, 2013 12:39 PM

    Peterson will always have a shot at a SB

  11. jwcarlson says: May 14, 2013 12:39 PM

    Urlacher, like fine wine, has become more and more expensive compared to what you actually get.

  12. gooolions says: May 14, 2013 12:41 PM

    Please God let him stay in the division.

  13. khmer379 says: May 14, 2013 12:41 PM

    Go to the vikes they alredy said there open to bringing you in

  14. mazblast says: May 14, 2013 12:44 PM

    Urlacher seems to be pursuing the Steve Carlton route to retirement.

  15. ickky says: May 14, 2013 12:47 PM

    larryboodry says: May 14, 2013 12:34 PM

    Shows he’s more concerned with getting back at the Bears than with winning…Denver has a much better shot at going all the way than MN does.

    Maybe he wants to play. MN doesnt not have a starting MLB

  16. kelz1966kelz1966 says: May 14, 2013 12:48 PM

    Denver would be the obvious choice if he wanted a chance to win and compete for the SB, out of those 2 choices.

  17. polarbear71 says: May 14, 2013 12:48 PM

    Denver…God’s waiting room for elderly football players.

  18. ad296 says: May 14, 2013 12:53 PM

    larryboodry says:May 14, 2013 12:34 PM

    Shows he’s more concerned with getting back at the Bears than with winning…Denver has a much better shot at going all the way than MN does.

    ———————————————————

    More likely its because MN runs the same defense he has played in his whole career with Chicago.

  19. gbmickey says: May 14, 2013 12:54 PM

    Sounds good to me. He displayed last year he lost his mobility and is sure to be a liability with the vikings.

  20. mobuccsfan says: May 14, 2013 12:58 PM

    I think he picks Vikings but Denver does make a lot of sense. Surprised they were looking at him even–this is the first I had heard of it. I agree, better chance for championship in Denver–that being said–if the Vikings draft this year pays off as most expect–Ponder even improves slightly and becomes more consistent to loosen the load on AP and AP stays relatively healthy (no major injuries, as we all know he can play through them) the Vikes could be about set to get in the playoffs and actually make a push for the big game–IMO. But only if those things really play out that way. We never really know what is going to happen. They will definitely be one of the more interesting teams to watch for the next three or four years.

  21. tokyosandblaster says: May 14, 2013 1:00 PM

    Vikings should sign him. Instant upgrade at the QB position.

  22. ejmat2 says: May 14, 2013 1:01 PM

    larryboodry says:
    May 14, 2013 12:34 PM
    Shows he’s more concerned with getting back at the Bears than with winning…Denver has a much better shot at going all the way than MN does.
    ———————————————–
    To me it shows he’s more concerned with getting some playing time. Denver has a much lessor need than the Vikings at LB and I would think he’d get more playing time.

    Though what you say may or may not be true I would say he wants to be a part of more snaps and the fact, the Vikings went 10-6 last year doesn’t make them slouches this year.

  23. halvo317 says: May 14, 2013 1:01 PM

    Broncos might have a better shot at winning it all this year, but if Urlacher wanted a two or three year deal, then he’s not drawing dead by signing with the Vikings. Furthermore, Denver runs a completely different system than the Vikings. He wouldn’t become forgotten while holding down the middle so Von Miller can go on to possibly break the sack record.

    He can only get the starting job at his usual position right out of camp with one team, the Vikings. The Broncos would give him a ton of play time, don’t get me wrong, but he isn’t a make or break player in their roster like he would be for the Vikings. Consequently, the Vikings should be able to offer him more money too.

    What I think is holding up the deal is Urlacher probably wants to win a ring this year. If he gets that, he can retire comfortably. Even though the Vikings have a higher upside than the Broncos, the upside is only really seen with younger players. Urlacher might not have enough in the tanks to be with the Vikings when they get to their peak window in a few years. Urlacher has to believe in Ponder enough to choose the Vikings over the Broncos or this deal won’t happen

  24. forreels says: May 14, 2013 1:02 PM

    Wow Broncos turning into a glue factory……….

  25. ruggamontana85 says: May 14, 2013 1:04 PM

    he might go to the vikings to to get back at chicago never know

  26. ickky says: May 14, 2013 1:12 PM

    I bet he Really, Really wants to put a good hit on Cutler

  27. deathonwings410 says: May 14, 2013 1:14 PM

    The Broncos have no chance at the SB with the Choke Artist girl Manning, lol!

  28. soundsofsuccess7 says: May 14, 2013 1:14 PM

    Too bad Denver isn’t interested in him.

  29. beauregard says: May 14, 2013 1:21 PM

    forreels says: May 14, 2013 1:02 PM

    Wow Broncos turning into a glue factory……….
    ————————
    Wow, that “Glue Factory” turned in a NFL best 13-3 record last year. Maybe your team should try it………

  30. metalhead65 says: May 14, 2013 1:22 PM

    sorry Brian but if you go the favre route just stick it to the bears then forget about all you meant to the fans over the years. you will be remembered for being a traitor instead of the franchise icon you were. go the broncos where you will look good on a team that will look like a superbowl contender until the playoffs. then you can retire with some dignity but to sign with a division rival going nowhere? that would be sad.

  31. theytukrjobs says: May 14, 2013 1:23 PM

    MN makes too much sense. Vikes need a linebacker and are trying to win now. Urlacher played his entire career in a very similar defensive scheme.

    Probably comes down to money. I doubt the Vikes want to play much more than 4.5 mil for a guy who hasn’t stayed healthy of late.

  32. fwippel says: May 14, 2013 1:25 PM

    I think the real question is do either of these teams want him?

    The Vikings drafted several linebackers last month (although late), and have already moved Erin Henderson to MLB going forward. Also can’t help but wonder about Urlacher’s attitude sometimes. Speilman and Frazier have been very protective of keeping the team on an even keel, and not bringing in trouble.

    As for the Broncos, would Urlacher even make their defense better? If not for a blown coverage, the Broncos might be the reigning defending champs.

  33. larryboodry says: May 14, 2013 1:29 PM

    First I said:

    “Shows he’s more concerned with getting back at the Bears than with winning…Denver has a much better shot at going all the way than MN does.”

    Since that post, I have been corrected, and agree now that playing time and familiarity with MN’s defensive scheme may very well be factors in his decision.

    And it looks like Denver has denied interest in him, which would tend to influence his preference as well.

  34. boondocksaint224 says: May 14, 2013 1:29 PM

    “I bet he Really, Really wants to put a good hit on Cutler”

    Yeah, I bet Cutler’s shaking in his boots, what with those nine sacks Urlacher has over the last seven seasons.

  35. dalcow4 says: May 14, 2013 1:33 PM

    Urlacher, Woodson, Manning, Champ Bailey, McGahee, Shaun Philips… Man, they’re going to have the oldest team in the league.

  36. northstarnic says: May 14, 2013 1:35 PM

    Would like to see the Vikings bring him in to fill the middle linebacker position, maybe share time with a young guy. Especially with the departure of Winfield, they could really use his leadership and locker room presence. The vikes have a lot of good young players, but could use a guy like urlacher to Serve as a mentor and a sort of extra defensive coach.

  37. thesteelers says: May 14, 2013 1:37 PM

    It seems like a lot of NFC North free agents like to stay in the division. Odd.

  38. spellingcops says: May 14, 2013 1:37 PM

    619sdfan4life says: May 14, 2013 12:39 PM

    Yeah broncos sign him and Woodson, and I’m sure they can get some good rates from AARP. Holy crap looks like elway is trying to make his team as old as he is. Definitely a one year championship run this year in Denver. As long as they load up on icy hot and cortisone they should be good!!!!

    Lol good luck Dever
    —————————————————
    Don’t worry, they WILL be good. You might wanna stick to wishing the dumpster fire known as the (future) LA Chargers some luck, they’re gonna need it.

  39. inyofaceagain says: May 14, 2013 1:40 PM

    unbiasfan says: May 14, 2013 12:33 PM

    Come to the Vikings if you want a super bowl ring, we love aging NFC north players! #SkolVikings

    ————-

    If by “aging” you mean 32. Kevin Williams is the oldest guy on the team. Some people will say anything to be a hater.

  40. jagsfan1 says: May 14, 2013 1:43 PM

    According to reports he is scheduled to meet with Vikes on Wednesday…but due to the fact that he is now so SLOW…the meeting has been moved to sometime late Thursday

  41. capitaosuecia says: May 14, 2013 1:50 PM

    Sheist.. anyone from the 2 defenses who grabs him are gonna be nasty

  42. packerbackernj says: May 14, 2013 1:52 PM

    larryboodry says:
    May 14, 2013 12:37 PM
    unbiasfan says: May 14, 2013 12:33 PM

    “Come to the Vikings if you want a super bowl ring…”

    Who’s gonna sell him one?
    ———————————
    Definitely, won’t be a former Viking selling him one, unless they won one on another team.

  43. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 14, 2013 2:04 PM

    theytukrjobs says:May 14, 2013 1:23 PM

    MN makes too much sense. Vikes need a linebacker and are trying to win now. Urlacher played his entire career in a very similar defensive scheme.

    Probably comes down to money. I doubt the Vikes want to play much more than 4.5 mil for a guy who hasn’t stayed healthy of late.
    _______

    No chance they offer more than $2 mil.

  44. firestarter0728 says: May 14, 2013 2:07 PM

    Urlacher doesn’t want to stay in the division, because he’s sick of playing for a team that continually gets humiliated by the Packers.

  45. deflateddome says: May 14, 2013 2:26 PM

    firestarter0728 says:
    May 14, 2013 2:07 PM
    Urlacher doesn’t want to stay in the division, because he’s sick of playing for a team that continually gets humiliated by the Packers.

    ——————–

    Yeah that AJ hawk is a real diamond for 7 mil a year. Packers could use Urlacher tham most in football

  46. squared80 says: May 14, 2013 2:53 PM

    The Vikings are a great fit for him, and the young LB’s could use his influence… but Denver is the best chance to win a ring.

  47. filthymcnasty1 says: May 14, 2013 2:54 PM

    You know it’s been an ugly offseason for Urlacher when he’s had to consider the hapless, tasteless Vikings.

  48. tokyosandblaster says: May 14, 2013 2:54 PM

    deflateddome says:
    May 14, 2013 2:26 PM
    firestarter0728 says:
    May 14, 2013 2:07 PM
    Urlacher doesn’t want to stay in the division, because he’s sick of playing for a team that continually gets humiliated by the Packers.

    ——————–

    Yeah that AJ hawk is a real diamond for 7 mil a year. Packers could use Urlacher tham most in football

    ——

    Luckily, it’s a team sport, and the Packers as a team are better–by FAR–than any other team in the division.

    But you kids have fun fighting over second place.

  49. cpo187 says: May 14, 2013 3:22 PM

    Minnesota, why not try it out on your way to Seattle?

  50. Frazier28/7 says: May 14, 2013 3:52 PM

    Seriously? – by FAR -?

    Aside from Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews the Vikings have better players at every other position than the Packers. Ok, a slight edge at WR but not much.

    Have fun getting humiliated in the playoffs by either Seattle or the 49ers again and then hiding behind your 9 fake championships next year. You’ve done nothing to improve you o-line or defense, that is why you’ll fail again.

    Unless you get lucky enough to play 3rd string QB’s through the playoffs and into the Super Bowl.

  51. larryboodry says: May 14, 2013 3:54 PM

    @tokyo:

    If y’all were really better ‘by FAR,’ you would have finished better than one measly game ahead of the Vikes and Bears, and would not have choked away the #2 seed by losing to MN in Week 17…And thanks to the whipping San Fran put on your team two weeks later, you watched the Super Bowl at home just like the rest of us.

    Go Bears!

  52. billh1947 says: May 14, 2013 3:59 PM

    Why is it so hard for old fart athletes to accept that they are,mmmmm,OLD…….HELLO!time to pack it in and go to the NFL Network and start your new career.leave it to the Vikings to want another over the hill player from the NFC North,how is he going to help the future success of the Vikings,the teams that let those old timers go are thinking about their future and not the present as the Vikings should do as well but when you have been as bad as the Vikings I guess you need wins now and not tomorrow.look at the Lions,how did signing all those old fart veterans do in leading them to the nfc north title and the playoffs,not so much eh.

  53. vietnambob2473 says: May 14, 2013 4:07 PM

    Polarbear71 you are a fool who has no idea what he istalking about. The broncos are in the middle of the
    Eague in terms of age,they just happen to have veterans at a couple of hogh profile positions and thus tools like yourself assume that the whole team is old

  54. moeman79 says: May 14, 2013 4:20 PM

    I hate to see 54 anywhere eles, and he should have been back if not for pride, but we all have paid the pride price at least once in our lives, good luck Urlacher and I guess I will need a new jersey or two now.

  55. immafubared says: May 14, 2013 4:20 PM

    It isn’t he can’t still play.its he wants one more big payday for his retirement years. TV

  56. foosball11 says: May 14, 2013 4:26 PM

    Wouldnt surprise me to see Urlacher in Minn, he’s already used to losing to GB.

  57. cptkickurass says: May 14, 2013 4:49 PM

    The reason he’s leaning towards the Vikings is because the right side tire on his wheel chair is low…

  58. axespray says: May 14, 2013 5:13 PM

    Frazier28/7 says:
    May 14, 2013 3:52 PM
    “Aside from Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews the Vikings have better players at every other position than the Packers. Ok, a slight edge at WR but not much.”
    ————————————-
    At Every Position?
    lol – you guys got stick arms as your only legit linebacker – you’ve got jokes at corner – a washed up receiver and a project worth 4 draft picks to replace a productive Harvin – No QB worth respecting… a fluke season and you think your garbage team can compete… smh.

  59. rhopperstad says: May 14, 2013 5:26 PM

    Yes urlacher come here, we have the highest taxes in USA , you can marry your goat, chicken, dog, doesn’t matter you’ll love it my friend

  60. inyofaceagain says: May 14, 2013 6:16 PM

    rhopperstad says: May 14, 2013 5:26 PM

    Yes urlacher come here, we have the highest taxes in USA , you can marry your goat, chicken, dog, doesn’t matter you’ll love it my friend

    ————–

    Ignorance at its worst

  61. eigglesnosuperbowls says: May 14, 2013 6:19 PM

    GIANTS

  62. Duckhomie says: May 14, 2013 6:30 PM

    What could be better for the league than him in Minnesota?

  63. vikesfansteve says: May 14, 2013 7:40 PM

    You don’t need to run fast if you are in the right place to begin with. Plus he is great at covering the pass which is a huge need for the MLB on the Vikings. He can also lead the D and tell the other players the proper position to line up in. It’s a win/win scenario for both.

  64. tokyosandblaster says: May 14, 2013 8:43 PM

    Frazier28/7 says:
    May 14, 2013 3:52 PM
    “Aside from Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews the Vikings have better players at every other position than the Packers. Ok, a slight edge at WR but not much.”

    I’m just curious, but do all those “better players” translate to a better team?

    The way I read the stats from last year, the Packers had a better offense and a better defense.

    To me, that means they had a better team. By far.

  65. plainolepain says: May 14, 2013 9:24 PM

    It looks like the price was right the Bears offered Urlacher to bad his ego is stronger than his ability.

  66. ihaterogergoodell says: May 14, 2013 10:54 PM

    Packers are a better team by far.

    Better at beating up on Joe Webb and then getting their butts handed to them in the second round with that horrendous defense. Stats don’t mean a thing, unless it is the win column. This past draft? Vikings: pick 23. Packers: pick 26. SO much better.

  67. ljdtown says: May 15, 2013 12:25 AM

    Brian Urlacher is a Bear for life. Regardless of who he ends up with. This is a business, the Bears chose to offer him a low tender offer. Even with the lost step and injuries in the last year, he still has the instincts and the prep time to know what opponents are going to be trying to do against him. He can also line up a defense to be effective against a number of offensive alignments. Urlacher is one of the best Middle Line Backers in NFL history, and a heck of an athlete to boot. If here were to play anywhere else, I would still cheer and support him. He is a class act and a leader, not just in the huddle, but in the NFL. Respect the man. He worked to be where he is and learned how to make a great teammate. He still gets his jersey retired at Soldier Field if he so wills it. That is it. The end. Bear down, and may God have mercy on the teams that Urlacher will line up against.

  68. larryboodry says: May 15, 2013 3:52 AM

    Now the Vikes are saying no thanks, too…We can all go home now.

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