Brian Urlacher will not return to the Chicago Bears for the 2013 season, the team announced in a news release Wednesday.
The eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker and the Bears had been in talks but they were unable to agree on a deal.
“Brian has been an elite player in our league for over a decade,” General Manager Phil Emery said, via NFL.com. “He showed great leadership and helped develop a winning culture over his time with the Bears. We appreciate all he has given our team, on and off the field. Brian will always be welcome as a member of the Bears.”
Urlacher, 34, will test free agency. It has been rumored that Urlacher has been in conversations with another NFC North team, the Minnesota Vikings.
Urlacher’s 2012 season was cut short after he suffered a hamstring injury. In 12 starts, he made 68 tackles, had one interception and scored one touchdown.