The 34-year-old Urlacher, Chicago’s pick out of the University of New Mexico with the ninth selection in the 2000 NFL Draft, reportedly refused to accept a contract worth less than $3.5 million for the 2013 season.
“He’s an aging guy who can’t run,” said one NFC personnel exec. “Bold move — and the right move — by [Bears GM Phil] Emery. Better to get rid of a player a year too early than a year too late.”
An eight-time Pro Bowler and five-time All-Pro, Urlacher amassed 1,353 tackles, 41.5 sacks and 22 interceptions in 182 games since debuting with the Bears.
Unfortunately, as aptly noted above, the 6-foot-4, 260 pound Brian Urlacher is now “an aging guy who can’t run.”
Ultimately, the Chicago Bears made “the right move” clipping the great Brian Urlacher.by