Brian Urlacher is reportedly talking to the Minnesota Vikings. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Free-agent linebacker Brian Urlacher spent 13 seasons with the Chicago Bears and is looking for a deal in the $5.5 million a year range. It turns out, it might come with the Bears' long-time division rivals.
The Chicago Tribune reports Urlacher’s representatives have been talking with the Minnesota Vikings but it is still possible that Urlacher re-signs with the team.
Urlacher, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, had 53 tackles and two fumble recoveries in an injury-plagued 2012 season.
A Vikings source confirmed talks with Urlacher’s camp, but said the team was "monitoring’’ the situation and still believed Urlacher eventually would remain with the Bears.
"We have approached him about coming back," Bears general manager Phil Emery said on Wednesday at a news conference introducing the team’s sparkling new big-money free agents, left tackle Jermon Bushrod and tight end Martellus Bennett. "As far as working it out, that is an ongoing process."
"I think Brian is a very, very capable player," Bears coach Marc Trestman said. "I am excited about him being a part of this football team if that happens."