Urlacher: I'd still be a Bear if Lovie weren't fired

Urlacher: I'd still be a Bear if Lovie weren't fired
March 22, 2013, 1:00 pm
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It's been a rough couple days for Brian Urlacher.

First the Bears decided to cut ties with the 13-year veteran after the two parties failed to agree on a contract. Then the New Mexico alumnus had to watch his No. 3 seed Lobos get bounced out of the NCAA Tournament in the first round by No. 14 seed Harvard.

The embattled linebacker joined the Dan Patrick Show on Friday to talk about both, and while he didn't seem to lose too much sleep over his squad's early tourney exit, it's not certain the same can be said about his messy break up with the Bears.

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Although admitting he understands the split falls on "the business side of football," and holds no ill-will toward the McCaskey family, Urlacher revealed he had reservations at the outset of the offseason about the team's willingness to bring him back.

"I told my agent when this offseason started 'I don't have a good feeling about this. I really don't think they want me back' because there was no dialogue the whole time. This whole offseason before free agency started, there was no dialogue."  

Perhaps his boldest statement came when asked how he thought things would have turned out had Lovie Smith remained the head coach, claiming “I definitely think I would still be [in Chicago].”  

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Despite the fallout, Urlacher is excited about the prospect of exploring opportunities with other teams. That does, of course, require other teams to be interested in speaking with the free agent.

"I get a chance to look around and see what's out there, if there is anything out there at all. I don't know, maybe nobody wants me," Urlacher stated. "Who knows, but we're going to find out, I know that much."

There is one hole, however, the likely future Hall of Famer doesn't want to carry the burden of filling -- that of fellow middle linebacker and recently retired Super Bowl champion Ray Lewis. "No thanks," said a laughing Urlacher. "Someone else can try and do that, I'm good."