Chicago Bears and Brian Urlacher 'unable to reach agreement'

CREATED Mar 20, 2013

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  • Green Bay Packers Jermichael Finley makes a catch before being tackled by Chicago Bears Brian Urlacher during the first quarter of their game Thursday, September 13, 2012 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. MARK HOFFMAN/MHOFFMAN@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Mark Hoffman

CHICAGO - Brian Urlacher is reportedly no longer with the Chicago Bears. The team tweeted on Wednesday about the exchange.

"ChicagoBears LM: #Bears unable to reach agreement with Brian Urlacher for 2013; both sides will move forward."

"We were unable to reach an agreement with Brian and both sides have decided to move forward," Bears GM Phil Emery said in a statement, according to ESPN. "Brian has been an elite player in our league for over a decade. He showed great leadership and helped develop a winning culture over his time with the Bears. We appreciate all he has given our team, on and off the field. Brian will always be welcome as a member of the Bears."

Urlacher has been with the Bears since the 2000 season.

"Urlacher's game was once built on speed, but he clearly was not the same physically in 2012," said Gregg Rosenthal with ESPN. "It's possible a team like the Dallas Cowboys could bring Urlacher in for one last year or two, but it's worth wondering if this is the end of the line."