The Cowboys have been mentioned as an option for free agent linebacker Brian Urlacher.
But the Cowboys themselves dismissed that Monday, with executive vice president Stephen Jones saying such an acquisition “doesn’t really make a lot of sense.”
The link is a natural one, given assistant coach Rod Marinelli’s defection from the Bears to the Cowboys this offseason, and the shift to a Tampa 2 scheme which Urlacher has played so well in. But Jones pointed to the presence of linebacker Sean Lee as the reason Urlacher might not work.
“He has a history with Rod, so we’ve gotten a good indication what that’s all about there,” Jones said, via Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times. “You’re talking about a Hall of Fame player here, an Urlacher. You don’t ever dismiss Hall of Famers in my book.
“But obviously it’d be difficult. He plays what Sean plays and to move everything around for a year doesn’t really make a lot of sense. But at the same time you don’t ever rule it out.”
That’s bad news for Team Urlacher, which has been struggling to find enough market to make the Bears budge in contract negotiations. With team chairman George McCaskey saying he wasn’t going to let emotions get in the way of this decision, the longtime Bears linebacker is losing leverage by the minute, which probably makes more Vikings rumors inevitable.