Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher spent 12 seasons as the face of Chicago’s favorite franchise. Urlacher was an eight-time Pro Bowler, Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 and a team captain for one of the NFL’s strongest defensive units.
The Bears announced that Urlacher would not return to Chicago on March 20 after his worst statistical season that featured four missed starts. Now, the heart and soul of the Bears’ defense is a free agent looking for a job.
Even though Urlacher is no longer an All-Pro middle linebacker, his career in the NFL is not over. There are 31 other teams outside of Chicago, and many of them should at least express interest in his services. Urlacher can play a role not only as a leader, but more importantly as a consistent football player as well. He’ll provide depth and experience to a defense that is willing to take a chance on him. The only concern a general manager should have at offering a small contract is the injury bug a 35-year-old player will likely sustain over the course of a 16-game NFL season.