Urlacher denies ripping Cutler

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
MANKATO, Minn. -- Moments after punching the "publish" button on our previous post, Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher denied making derogatory comments about Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. Such is life in the Internet Age.

Earlier Wednesday, Minnesota receiver Bobby Wade said Urlacher painted Cutler in an unflattering light during a conversation last weekend. Urlacher, however, told the Chicago Tribune that he likes Cutler and "I don't think I would ever say that about one of my teammates."

Urlacher added: "That's just Bobby being Bobby. I'm pretty sure Jay knows I wouldn't say that about him. ... I have no problem with Jay, I think we're all excited about Jay. That's why we made the trade. He's obviously one of the best quarterbacks in the league. I think we have a better chance to win the Super Bowl with him at quarterback."

Urlacher suggested Wade was simply trying to start a friendly feud during the radio appearance. He said Wade called to apologize for the comments and even offered to call Bears coach Lovie Smith to set the record straight.

Again, we're hoping to catch up with Wade later Wednesday and hopefully put this story to bed.