November 15, 2004--Brian Urlacher celebrates a defensive TD against the Lions. Sun-Times photo by Tom Cruze.
Updated: March 24, 2014 6:39PM
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Bears want to honor longtime linebacker Brian Urlacher, who abruptly retired after leaving the team on bitter terms last offseason.
Bears chairman George McCaskey has reached out Urlacher, saying he called him a few days ago and sent him a text message. McCaskey said Monday from the NFL owners meetings that he is still waiting to hear back from Urlacher.
“I said, ‘I’d like to talk to you some time. I’ve got a couple of things I want to bounce off you,’ ” McCaskey told the Sun-Times. “We certainly want to recognize his great career at a time and place that’s suitable for him.
“When he retired, I told him, ‘We certainly want to bring you back.’ And he said, ‘Anytime that it’s not cold because when it’s cold I won’t be here.’ We can certainly do that.”
Urlacher said during Super Bowl week in New York that he was “indifferent” about being honored by the Bears. He was clearly still upset with how he exited the Bears.
It was during last year’s owners meetings that the Bears announced that a deal could not be reached with Urlacher. Not long after that he retired after 13 seasons with the Bears.
“We want a good relationship with all our alumni,” McCaskey said. “Of course, Brian is a sure-fire, dead-bang Hall of Famer. It’s got to be the right timing for him.”