May 22, 2013
Updated May 22, 2013 at 11:41 AM CDT
CHICAGO, Ill. -- Brian Urlacher will not play for another team in the 2013 season.
Urlacher released a post on the social media site WhoSay.com telling fans that he will be ending his career as a Bear.
In his post Urlacher writes, “Although I could continue playing, I’m not sure I would bring a level performance or passion that’s up to my standards.”
Urlacher, 34, played 13 seasons for Chicago, earning numerous honors including Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 and Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2000. Urlacher was selected to eight Pro Bowls.
He parted ways with the team shortly after the free agency period began.
Bears General Manager Phil Emery offered Urlacher a deal that amounted to just over the veteran minimum to stay with the club, Urlacher declined the offer and moved on.