The times, they are a-changin.
Bob Dylan's famous line perfectly sums up the Bears' roster situation over the last year.
The Monsters of the Midway have ended at least two eras — Brian Urlacher's and Devin Hester's — in the past calendar year, and the futures of Julius Peppers and Charles Tillman are in doubt, as well, as free agency bears down on the NFL.
The Bears made Hester's departure official Thursday, sending out a press release notifying the world of their decision to let Hester walk. It was very similar to how the organization ended the things with Urlacher, when they sent out a press release last March.
On the Kap and Haugh show Friday, David Kaplan was livid about the way the Bears have handled the two situations and doesn't understand why the team would simply send a tweet or press release instead of hosting a press conference and naming a street or something else after the iconic players.
"I agree with you," Lance Briggs said in response to Kaplan. "I don't know what the format is with that. I envision it the same was as you, but at the end of the day, I'm just a football player and when my time comes, I don't expect anything more or less than a tweet saying 'We're parting ways with Lance.'
"That's not going to hurt my feelings or anything like that. That's more for when you have players with the respect of the people that have appreciated the people over the years, that say these guys should be due more respect for what they've done and what they've meant to everyone."
Briggs and Hester were teammates for eight years in Chicago, and the Pro Bowl linebacker didn't shy away from his emotions on Hester's departure.
"It's sad, man," Briggs said. "We've seen a lot of guys come and go. I think we all know our time is coming and it's sad when it does. I hate to see a guy like Devin — and what he's meant to this city and this organization — not brought back...
"It's hard with the bond you build with all your brothers. It just sucks."