The Brian Urlacher era is over in Chicago. Bears General Manager Phil Emery says they have been unable to agree to a new contract with the eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker and are moving forward without him. Urlacher has spent his entire 13-year career with Chicago, but was slowed by a knee injury last season. The 34-year-old is now a free agent for the first time. Urlacher was the team's first-round draft pick in 2000. He has nearly 18-hundred tackles, 41-and-a-half sacks and 22 interceptions in his career.
The Chicago Bears signed free-agent defensive end Turk McBride to a one-year deal on Wednesday. McBride spent the past two years with the New Orleans Saints, appearing in 15 games and recording two sacks. McBride has totaled 119 tackles and nine-and-a-half sacks in 66 career games with Kansas City, Detroit and New Orleans.