Chicago Bears MLB Brian Urlacher discussed the possibility of testing the free agent market following the 2012 season while appearing on WMVP-AM 1000, via the Sports Xchange.
“I think [Bears president] Ted Phillips said when they had the owners meeting they’re gonna wait until the season is over,” Urlacher said. “See what happens, how I play. It’s kind of exciting. I’ve never been a free agent. So if I can get to free agency we’ll see what happens.”
Urlacher will make $7.5 million for the upcoming season, but he is coming off of a pretty serious knee injury and just turned 35 years old yesterday, so there are some obvious concerns regarding the eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker.
“I no doubt want to finish my career here. There’s no doubt about that. But you bring in free agency and all that you just never know what’s gonna happen.”
I’m sure that Urlacher will draw interest on the open market, even with the aforementioned concerns. It would really be shocking to see him playing for another team and I assume that the Bears are aware of how it would look should they choose to low-ball their biggest star, even though that’s what they’re currently doing with Matt Forte.