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Brian Urlacher says Bears don’t have ‘loyalty factor’ after Devin Hester’s exit
Not long removed from his own abrupt — and bitter — departure from the Bears, future Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher took exception to his old team’s decision not to re-sign kick returner Devin Hester.
“Look at what the Steelers have done the last couple days signing Troy Polamalu, Heath Miller, some older guys to a couple more years just so they can retire as Steelers,” Urlacher told FoxSports.com. “The Bears could do that with Devin. He should retire a Bear. He set all those records in a Bears uniform, and his No. 23 should be retired one day in Chicago.
“It’s just the loyalty factor. It’s just not there. He should be a guy that retires as a Bear.”
The Bears thanked Hester in a statement for his “eight great years” with the team on Thursday. General manager Phil Emery said Hester “redefined the pinnacle standard of the return position in the NFL.”
On May 20 of last year, the Bears made a similar announcement about Urlacher after a new deal could not be reached. With no other deals to be had around the league, Urlacher later retired and joined Fox Sports.
Urlacher said that Tampa Bay, where former Bears coach Lovie Smith is in charge, would be a “great fit” for Hester.
“Anyone leaving Chicago and joining Lovie is a great move,” Urlacher said. “He’s a great head coach, and guys know what it’s like playing for him. He has been successful in the league, and he’ll be successful down there, as well.”