Bears general manager Phil Emery said Wednesday that talks are "ongoing" with some of their unrestricted free agents -- notably linebacker Brian Urlacher -- but admitted that right now his team is "tight against the [salary] cap."
What that means for Urlacher is unknown right now. The Bears have approached Urlacher about returning to Chicago for his 14th season, but there has been little to report after Urlacher's representatives sent an offer to the Bears last week.
One popular theory is that the Bears are waiting for the free-agent market to set Urlacher's value before they respond and a potential deal can be worked out.
News Bears coach Marc Trestman has liked what he's seen on film from Urlacher, who turns 35 in May. In 2012, Urlacher had 88 total tackles, a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
"I think that Brian is a very, very capable player," Trestman said when asked about watching Urlacher on film. "I'm excited about him being part of this football team, if that happens, certainly."
Trestman said he's had a number of discussions with Urlacher, the 2005 defensive player of the year and an eight-time Pro Bowler.
"We're very respectful of his position, obviously, as it relates to this team and to the community," Trestman said. "We know that. I'm going to give you the same answer that I've given you that it's going to be an ongoing process.
"When it's time to let you know what's happening, we'll detail it out for you. But at the present time, I can tell you that Brian and I have talked on a number of occasions. I'm sure Phil has done the same. Hopefully, there's going to be a resolution. When that will happen, we'll let you know."
Would Trestman like Urlacher's situation resolved sooner than later?
"i think that those things just happen in the course of time," he said. "I trust that the parties involves in the resolution process are doing their best to try to get it done for Brian. As far as that goes, I don't know what the timetable is [as to] when that happens."