That realization has sunk in for Urlacher; he just wishes a high-ranking member of the organization would have reached out to tell him they were ready to move on.
"I would have appreciated a call," Urlacher said, specifically referencing team chairman George McCaskey.
"It was amazing how fast they released the statement," Urlacher said Friday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on WMVP-AM, via ESPN Chicago. "So they got off the phone with my agent ... and 30 seconds later they already had the statement out on Twitter.
"Right when they hung up the phone my agent said -- he used some choice words -- you're not going to believe this (stuff) they did. And they released it right away, so they were ready, they knew what was going to happen ... because they had quotes from George (McCaskey) and (general manager) Phil (Emery)."
Although McCaskey and Emery have both stated that Urlacher always will be welcomed back as a member of the Bears' family, the future Hall of Famer's nerves still are too raw to imagine the homecoming.
"I honestly have no idea if that would ever be possible," Urlacher said. "First of all they have to ask me to do it. I don't know if they want to do that or not. I don't know."
Asked if he anticipates the Bears reaching out to him later this offseason, Urlacher replied, "No. I don't expect that to happen."
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