Brian Urlacher isn't close to finding a new home in the NFL if he's expecting that destination to be Minnesota.
Head coach Leslie Frazier told NFL Network on Wednesday that the Vikings aren't near a deal with Urlacher, as was reported over the weekend, and prefer to take a long look at the options on the current roster before considering other alternatives.
Frazier didn't entirely rule out a connection down the road with the Bears' great, who wasn't re-signed as a free agent. Chicago moved swiftly to address its own defense, signing former Broncos starter D.J. Williams and drafting Florida's Jonathan Bostic in the second round.
"Brian has been a great player in our league for a long, long time. He has been a thorn in our side for many years," said Frazier. "At this point, we want to take a look at the guys on our roster, give them a chance to compete for the middle linebacker position and then we will see where it takes us."
Erin Henderson is the front-runner in the middle linebacker competition. His spot at weak-side linebacker might not be as easy to fill, but Urlacher appeared to have lost considerable speed, agility and mobility last season and wouldn't fit as a perimeter defender asked to regularly run with backs and tight ends in coverage.