Brian Kotloff
Thursday March 21st, 2013

Before the Chicago Bears decided to part ways with longtime linebacker Brian Urlacher, they made him a meager one-year, $2-million offer and told him to take it or leave it, Urlacher told the Chicago Tribune's Vaughn McClure.

Urlacher said that while he wanted to remain in Chicago, where he has spent the last 13 seasons, the contract process with the Bears was "an ultimatum, not a negotiation."

The $2 million Chicago offered was the max he could have made on the deal and was not guaranteed, McClure reports. The eight-time Pro Bowler made $7.5 million in base salary last season, posting 68 tackles and one interception.

Urlacher, 34, added that he has no plans to retire and will consider signing with one of the teams he has spoken to. He struggled with knee and hamstring injuries last season, limiting him to 12 games. Despite a 7-1 start, the Bears missed the playoffs at 10-6 and fired coach Lovie Smith, hiring the more offensive-minded Marc Trestman. The team's defense allowed just 17.5 points and 315.6 yards per game -- third and fifth in the NFL, respectively.

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