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Vikings and Brian Urlacher? Hmmmmm...

3/13/2013

Here's what we know:

  1. The Chicago Bears have yet to find a common financial ground with linebacker Brian Urlacher, a free agent who wants to continue playing in 2013.

  2. The Minnesota Vikings' middle linebacker is a free agent and making the rounds.

Does that make the Vikings and Urlacher a realistic match? Probably not, and a Chicago Tribune report that revealed the sides have spoken also noted that Urlacher is more likely to play for the Bears -- if anyone -- in 2013.

I don't sense the Vikings are in a hurry to bring back Jasper Brinkley, who has visited the New York Giants and also has a stop scheduled with the Arizona Cardinals. But other than disrupting the Bears in the short term, I'm not sure how motivated the Vikings would be to pursue Urlacher. General manager Rick Spielman has converted to a draft-and-develop team-building model that wouldn't seem to have room for a middle linebacker in the twilight of his career, no matter his pedigree.

In the end, this is a story about Urlacher and the Bears. Much as the Bears' interest in right tackle Phil Loadholt motivated the Vikings to complete negotiations before the market opened Tuesday, the Vikings' situation could help spur movement in the Bears-Urlacher standoff.

Much stranger things have happened, but well, we'll see.