Four years ago, the Ravens let iconic linebacker Ray Lewis hit the market, hopeful he’d decide to return.
The Bears may not be taking that same risk.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Bears and Urlacher are engaged in ongoing discussions aimed at extending a career that began in Chicago 13 years ago, via the first round of the draft.
In 2009, the Cowboys opted not to make a play for Lewis. Not coincidentally, they’ve had no real leadership on defense since then. If Urlacher gets to market, it would be wise for the Cowboys to make a run at him — especially since Dallas is installing a 4-3 defense.
Still, Urlacher is more important to the Bears that any other team. Even with a new coaching staff, “Urlacher” and “Bears” are synonymous.
Besides, what would they do with all the Curly Howard dolls to which they’ve applied black strips under the eyes?