Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said in a radio interview Friday he is considering testing the free-agent market after this season.

"I think (team president) Ted Phillips said when they had the owners meeting they're gonna wait until the season is over. See what happens, how I play (before addressing the contract situation)," Urlacher said Friday on Chicago station ESPN 1000. "It's kind of exciting. I've never been a free agent. So if I can get to free agency we'll see what happens.

"I no doubt want to finish my career here. There's no doubt about that. But you bring in free agency and all that you just never know what's gonna happen."

Urlacher, who turned 34 on Friday, will become a free agent after this season and is in the last year of a five-year extension he signed in 2008. According to the NFLPA, he will earn a $7.5 million base salary and, because of his pro-rated bonus, his salary-cap number will be $9.7 million.

The 12-year veteran suffered a major knee injury at the end of the last game in 2011. He has participated in some recent offseason team activities.

"The Bears know I want to be here. I've told them that. I've said it publicly, and that's not gonna change," he said. "Whatever happens during the season or after the season, we'll address it then. But they know I want to be here, and I think they want me here."