When the Chicago Bears didn’t retain veteran linebacker Brian Urlacher a few months ago, not many people thought he’d be out of work for long. But here we sit in May and the Bears legend remains a free agent, however that might not last much longer. According to the Chicago Tribune, Urlacher is deciding between the Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings and appears to be “leaning towards” signing with the Vikings.
Urlacher, whose decision to leave the Bears followed their offer of a $1.6 million renewal contract, has been talking to the Minnesota Vikings and the Denver Broncos. “It’s getting close to happening, but Brian is leaning toward heading to Minnesota and is talking a one to two year contract,” said a source close to Urlacher.
Should Urlacher sign with the Vikings, it would jive with reports around his release that suggested Minnesota was keeping a watchful eye on Urlacher an may not let him sign with another team. Minnesota failed to draft a top linebacker prospect in the draft this year, which was something many people thought they’d end up doing.
So adding Urlacher would not only jive with earlier reports, it would fill a massive need in the middle of the Vikings’ linebacking corps.
Denver isn’t a team to sleep on though, as they’ve not been mentioned as closely as the Vikings have been but upon hearing news today that they’re planning on meeting with Charles Woodson, it appears the Broncos are making an aggressive push to gather top veterans on the market.
Urlacher has had time to ponder his next move, and like most veterans still on the market, a decision will come around the beginning of June if not sooner.