During the nearly month-long grind of Chicago Bears training camp, you see a lot of personalities come in and out of Bourbonnais. From former Bears players to well-known television journalists to the NFL commissioner, familiar faces permeate Olivet Nazarene University in late July and early August.
Last year, one of those personalities was Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com, who in a rare display of familiarity for someone who never played the game, strolled onto the player’s side of the practice field and struck up a conversation with Brian Urlacher. At the time, Urlacher was nursing a knee injury and was nothing more than a spectator at practice that day.
Glazer walked right up to Urlacher and the two hugged, which isn’t a common site with the 13-year veteran. The two then struck up a conversation in the fashion of old friends. They laughed and smacked each other like former college frat buddies and talked throughout the practice session.
So when Glazer has insider information on Urlacher, I tend to pay attention. To that end, we fast forward to today, when Glazer talked with Mike Francesa on WFAN Sports Radio in New York. When asked if he could see Urlacher leaving Chicago, Glazer didn’t hold back.
“There are a lot of guys over there who are not happy. They are still not happy with how it went down, how Phil Emery got rid of Lovie [Smith] and then kicked him on the way out the door,” Glazer said. “There are still a lot of guys over there that are unhappy about it.
“Brian will always be a perfect soldier and it doesn’t matter what they do to him. They could lock him away in a prison cell and he’d say, ‘Hey, the Bears are the best.’ But in the end, I absolutely could see Brian leaving, without a doubt.”
Urlacher, who will soon be 35 years old and is coming off knee and hamstring injuries, offered a salary proposal to the Bears last weekend. There has been no word yet on how the team plans to move forward but in the opinion of Glazer, someone close to Urlacher, the odds of him returning to Chicago are apparently worse than most believe.
Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Follow Bear Report on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Bear Report Web site or magazine, click here.