The Chicago Bears made ‘the right move’ clipping the great Brian Urlacher

It’s time for Brian Urlacher to bolt ‘The Windy City.’

Quizzed by the Chicago Sun Times, 12-of-13 NFL executives agreed that the one-year deal for $2 million the Bears offered free agent middle linebacker Brian Urlacher was fair.

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.”

As Brett Favre, Joe Montana, Emmitt Smith, Peyton Manning and countless other football players have learned, legends don’t always retire with the teams they are most associated with.

Hence, the 2005 AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and Jenny McCarthy ravager, is not some kind of unique outcast.

Ultimately, the Chicago Bears made “the right move” clipping the great Brian Urlacher.

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