Brian Urlacher facing uncertain future

By Evan Hilbert | CBSSports.com

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Brian Urlacher is a free agent. But does anyone want the aging linebacker? (USATSI)

The Chicago Bears released linebacker Brian Urlacher on Wednesday after the two sides failed to reach an agreement. Now, the 13-year veteran is pondering his future -- and the possibility that he may not end up signing with anyone.

Urlacher said he was excited at the prospect of looking around, but also admitted that there may not be any suitors for him.

"I get a chance to look around and see what's out there, if there's anything out there at all. I don't know; maybe nobody wants me," Urlacher said Friday on the Dan Patrick Show. "Who knows? We're going to find out, I know that much."

Urlacher plans to play next year, but his price tag is scaring off potential buyers. The Vikings were interested, but reports are the team won't sign Urlacher unless he takes a cheaper contract.

For his part, Urlacher believes the perception that he would never leave Chicago is hurting him on the open market.

"The thing is, no one thought I would leave Chicago. All these teams that we've talked to, they thought, 'The [Bears] aren't going to let him go. He's not leaving. Why waste our time with this?' " Urlacher said. "And it's clear now that's not the case."

Urlacher, 34, shot down the Bears' one-year deal worth up to $2 million, but he told the Chicago Sun-Times he might be willing to play elsewhere at that price.

Urlacher's production was down somewhat in 2012, as he had only 68 tackles in 12 games. Certainly his age and health are concerns for teams.

However the situation works out, Urlacher is confident he'll be somewhere in 2013.

‘‘It was hard for anyone to believe I wouldn't be [in Chicago],'' Urlacher told the paper. ‘‘But I'm going to play for sure.''

 
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