Urlacher wants to return to Bears, waiting for word from them

Urlacher wants to return to Bears, waiting for word from them
January 29, 2013, 4:15 pm
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Brian Urlacher is more than willing to return to the Chicago Bears in 2013, now he just needs to hear something from them.

“I want to be a Bear,” said Urlacher while speaking Tuesday on WMVP-AM 1000, “I want to play for the Bears, that’s my first choice.”

However, in the same interview, Urlacher admitted that even though he is set to enter free agency for the first time in his career, he has yet to speak to either Bears general manager Phil Emery, or newly hired head coach Marc Trestman since the close of the season.

The Bears have been involved in the process that recently ended in Trestman’s hiring for the past month. In light of that, Urlacher claimed to be unsurprised about the lack of contact, and admitted to not following the coaching search very closely.

“They’ve been so busy doing everything with the senior bowl, and hiring a new coach and what’s going with that,” said Urlacher, “So I haven’t talked with them.”

Without any experience with NFL free agency, Urlacher said he had “no idea” how a potential contract discussion would go, but said that he was open to the idea of accepting a hometown discount in order to return to Chicago.

“It’s going to be hard to not give them a discount, because of my age,” said Urlacher, “I’m not going to make as much—I don’t think—as I did in the past.”

Urlacher will turn 35 before the next season starts, and is coming off of a 2012 campaign where he missed the final four games with a hamstring injury, and had to undergo a knee scope in training camp to complete his recovery from a knee injury suffered during the last game of the 2011 season.

“At times last year I felt I was playing pretty well, I was just so inconsistent. It was frustrating for me too as a player, “ said Urlacher, “I was never really in football shape, it was very frustrating for me to be out there and not do what I normally do.”

Despite the injury-filled season, Urlacher expressed confidence in his abilities, claimed to have no pain in his knee, and said that he would have been able to play in the Bears’ first playoff game if they had qualified. For now, Urlacher is waiting to hear from the Bears as to whether or not they want him to play in their next game.

“If the Bears want me back,” said Urlacher “That will be answered by if they try to negotiate. That’s going to be answered if they contact my agents and want to negotiate.”