Urlacher says the Bears never negotiated with him, gave him an ultimatium

After the Chicago Bears announced tonight that they weren’t going to be re-signing linebacker Brian Urlacher, he made it clear that he was given an ultiminatium.

The Bears reportedly made Urlacher a one-year, $2 million offer and said take it, or leave it.

“It wasn’t even an offer, it was an ultimatum,” Urlacher told the Chicago Tribune. “I feel like I’m a decent football player still. It was insulting, somewhat of a slap in the face.

“They came back with the offer and said, ‘This is what it is, take it or leave it. It was, ‘If you want to play for the Bears, you’ll play for this. If not, then you’re not playing for the Bears.’ ”

Urlacher says he wanted to finish up his career in Chicago.

“I want to be here,” Urlacher said. “I wanted to be in Chicago. I wanted to finish here. Now that’s not possible.

“This whole offseason, I had a bad feeling about this situation anyway. I just wish they would have said, `We don’t want you back.’  I think this whole thing is just about them saving face and trying to say that they made a run at me. That’s what I think it is.”

He says he doesn’t have any hard feelings towards the Bears.

“There are no hard feelings between me and the Bears organization,” Urlacher said. “I had a great run here. I’m going to miss the (heck) out of my teammates.”

At the end of the day, Urlacher isn’t the player he once was and it really doesn’t make sense for the Bears to keep him around.