Dozens of names popped up in the dozens of posts on PFT on Tuesday, but we haven’t heard anything about Brian Urlacher.
The Bears linebacker is officially a free agent, but there doesn’t appear to be much movement at all on his possible return to Chicago for a 14th season. The Bears were busy signing tight end Martellus Bennett and tackle Jermon Bushrod, which may explain why they haven’t had time to respond to the contract proposal Urlacher sent to the team last week. Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune reports that Urlacher’s looking for a two-year deal but the Bears have not responded with a counteroffer.
McClure also reports that several teams “have inquired about the possibility” of adding Urlacher to their defense. One of those teams is the Cowboys, according to a report from Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports. Silver reports the Cowboys have “haven’t ruled out” signing Urlacher to play in defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin’s Tampa-2 scheme, which is the basis of the one Urlacher played in under Lovie Smith as a Bear. Former Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli is also in Dallas as Kiffin’s defensive line coach.
The Cowboys have Sean Lee to play middle linebacker, though, and they aren’t exactly overflowing with cap room. Which likely means that we’ll be waiting a bit longer to find out where Urlacher will be playing in 2013.