Brian Urlacher, the longtime Chicago Bears linebacker who retired in May, is in advanced negotiations with Fox Sports and is expected to join the network in the coming days, multiple sources tell The Big Lead.
[UPDATE: The deal is done, according to a source, and Fox could announce Urlacher’s signing as early as tomorrow.]
A source said Urlacher, an 8-time Pro Bowler, was heavily courted by the NFL Network, but choose Fox instead. Urlacher will be part of the Fox Football Daily on Fox Sports 1, joining Curt Menefee, Jay Glazer, Ronde Barber and others. The show will go head-to-head against ESPN’s Sportscenter at 6 pm EST beginning August 19th.
Urlacher’s agent at William Morris couldn’t be reached for comment. A Fox Sports spokesman didn’t return a text message seeking comment.
Fox Sports 1 has made it clear: Jockularity is definitely going to be the new network’s calling card. Here is a smattering of former athletes Fox Sports 1 has hired this summer: Andy Roddick, Gary Payton, Trevor Pryce, and Barber. Urlacher, a quick-witted ladies man who was always popular with the media, is the biggest of them all.
Given Urlacher’s quasi-ugly departure from the Bears, it’ll be interesting to hear his comments on Chicago next season, especially if (when?) new coach Marc Trestman and the Bears struggle.