Urlacher upset at how negotiations were handled

Urlacher upset at how negotiations were handled
July 18, 2013, 3:45 pm
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" I'm sure I'll miss it a little bit, but right now, I don't miss it at all."

And why should Brian Urlacher miss training camp, which he'd be getting ready for next week, be it with the Bears or some other team? He's golfing in Lake Tahoe. Missing it will come soon enough.

[WATCH: Breaking down Urlacher's comments

In an interview with David Kaplan for "SportsTalk Live," the retired middle linebacker, touched on a number of topics - including glowing words from his former defensive teammates, to the microscope the Bears are under from fans and media in Chicago, to the way ex-head coach Lovie Smith treated his players, and why that led to a deeper disappointment after his firing.

The future Hall of Famer's obviously still in the process of the letting go of the manner of his departure from the only team he played for.

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"I'll say this," Urlacher told Kaplan. "I have a lot of respect for the Bears organization, the McCaskey family first and foremost. I just wish it would've been handled more honestly from their side, from Phil's (Emery) side. If they would've come to me and said, 'Hey, we have a one-year deal for you.  We are going to pay you this. We want you around. We want you to be on the team, but we can't pay you what you think you are worth or what you think you want,' I would've had a lot more respect for him if he had done that instead of saying, 'Well, tell your agents to make me an offer.'

"They made it sound like they wanted to negotiate when they really didn't. He already had something in mind before we even started talking. If they would have told me that, I would probably still be playing right now. I was so mad the way it went down, and just the dishonesty. There's two sides to every story. You guys know that, everyone knows that, and then there's the truth somewhere in the middle of that.  But I have no hard feelings. I just wish it would've been handled a little bit better."

After saying in an earlier interview on NFL.com that, while he was rooting for the Bears this season, he'd be "upset" if they won a Super Bowl right away without him, he clarified that - while it would hurt a bit - it was largely tongue-in-cheek.

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"I have a lot of friends there still. I'd be happy for them. But I'd be (upset) not to be a part of it," he said.

Urlacher said he wants to be most remembered as a good teammate, and his ex-teammates still approach him for advice, but that's as far as it will go when the comeback question is raised.

"I enjoyed playing football. I am going to miss it," he said. "I do miss it, but not enough to come back and play it."