Well, at least it’s not the Packers.

Middle linebacker Brian Urlacher, a first-time free agent, has been flirting with the enemy, specifically the NFC North division rival Vikings. A Vikings source confirmed talks with Urlacher’s camp, but said the team was "monitoring’’ the situation and still believed Urlacher eventually would remain with the Bears.

The Vikings are expected to lose linebacker Jasper Brinkley, who visited the Giants on Wednesday and is headed to meet with the Cardinals on Thursday.

The Cardinals and the Cowboys are also teams with some level of interest in Urlacher. The Bears still haven’t responded to the two-year contract proposal Urlacher’s representatives gave the team last week. Instead, they let him hit the free market, presumably with the idea of letting him gauge his value after 13 seasons with the Bears.

"We have approached him about coming back," Bears general manager Phil Emery said on Wednesday at a news conference introducing the team’s sparkling new big-money free agents, left tackle Jermon Bushrod and tight end Martellus Bennett. "As far as working it out, that is an ongoing process."

Urlacher is looking for a deal in the range of the $5.5 million that Ray Lewis earned in his last season with Baltimore, a source said. It’s unlikely the Bears would pay that type of money and not responding to the offer may be a less-than-subtle way of avoiding an embarrassing negotiation. The silence can't thrill Urlacher, but Emery says he doesn't believe Urlacher feels slighted by "the process," something the GM vowed to avoid when he last talked about the subject at the NFL scouting combine in February in Indianapolis.