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After 13 seasons, Bears part ways with veteran LB Urlacher

Chicago Bears cut loose veteran linebacker Brian Urlacher after 13 years.

Posted on March 20, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on March 20, 2013 at 7:19 p.m.

CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears are parting ways with veteran linebacker Brian Urlacher after 13 years.

General manager Phil Emery said Wednesday that the team couldn’t agree on a contract with Urlacher, for years the heart and face of the franchise. He is now a free agent after missing the last four games of the season with a hamstring injury.

The eight-time Pro Bowler started 180 games from 2000 through 2012, recording a team-record 1,779 tackles. The ninth overall selection in the 2000 draft has 41.5 sacks, 22 interceptions, 16 fumble recoveries and 11 forced fumbles. He was the AP’s defensive player of the year in 2005.

Chairman Brian McCaskey says the team wished its “humble superstar” the best.




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 Chicago Cubs' John Baker, left, scores the game winning run off a sacrifice fly by Starlin Castro, as the ball gets past Colorado Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario (20) during the 16th inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Chicago. The Cubs' won 4-3. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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 Detroit Tigers pitcher Joakim Soria looks to right field after giving up a two run home run to Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

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 Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu is congratulated by Alexei Ramirez after hitting a two run home run off of Detroit Tigers pitcher Joakim Soria during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

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