Brian Urlacher leaning toward deal with Minnesota Vikings


Nov 4, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) pursues a Tennessee Titans ball carrier during the second half at LP Field. The Bears beat the Titans 51-20. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-US Presswire

The Minnesota Vikings might have found their starting middle linebacker.

Free-agent linebacker Brian Urlacher is talking with the Vikings and Denver Broncos, but is leaning toward heading to Minnesota, according to Michael Sneed of the Chicago Tribune.

Citing a “source close to Urlacher,” the report says the longtime Chicago Bear is talking a one to two year contract.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said after the 2013 NFL Draft that he doesn’t “anticipate” signing Urlacher, but did suggest that he would evaluate all options, including signing Urlacher, after minicamp.

Shortly before Spielman traded Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks earlier this offseason, Spielman said he had “no intent” to trade  Harvin.