“I’m not going to play for that … not for the Bears, at least.”

Brian Urlacher discussed the path to being released on Wednesday with Jim Miller and Alex Marvez on SiriusXM Sports.

Urlacher’s separation from the Bears makes him the latest decorated veteran defensive player to seek new options. He joins Dwight Freeney, Ed Reed and Dashon Goldson, among others, who will be playing for new teams in 2013.

The move in Chicago puts a spotlight on the linebackers available on the open market and the top prospects available in the 2013 NFL Draft. The name of Manti Te’o has been invoked repeatedly in the hours following this news.

Take a listen. I’ll be back with a longer piece on Urlacher this afternoon.