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Sports log: Bears cut ties with Brian Urlacher

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The Chicago Bears are parting ways with veteran linebacker Brian Urlacher after 13 years. General manager Phil Emery said Wednesday that the team couldn’t agree on a contract with Urlacher, for years the heart and face of the franchise. Urlacher has been slowed by knee problems and missed the last four games of last season with a hamstring injury. The 34-year-old eight-time Pro Bowler started 180 games from 2000 through 2012, recording a team-record 1,779 tackles. The ninth overall selection in the 2000 draft has 41½ sacks, 22 interceptions, 16 fumble recoveries, and 11 forced fumbles . . . Free agent safety Ed Reed is on the verge of becoming a Houston Texan, according to multiple media reports. CBSSports.com reported that a deal was in place, and the NFL Network quoted Reed as saying he was headed to Houston ‘‘unless something changes.’’ Neither Reed nor his agent, David Dunn, immediately returned phone messages left by the Associated Press . . . Quarterback Eli Manning will consider reworking his contract if it will help keep leading receiver Victor Cruz on the Giants . . . Defensive end Turk McBride, a six-year veteran who played last season for New Orleans, agreed to a one-year contract with the Bears . . . Free agent cornerback Brice McCain signed a three-year contract to stay with the Texans . . . The Broncos have scheduled visits with free agent pass rushers Dwight Freeney and John Abraham, according to ESPN . . . The Colts signed free agent defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin . . . The Panthers agreed to a one-year contract with unrestricted free agent safety Mike Mitchell.

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