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Urlacher losing leverage, as Cowboys don’t make sense

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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.

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25 Responses to “Urlacher losing leverage, as Cowboys don’t make sense”
  1. scoops1 says: Mar 18, 2013 4:45 PM

    Old, Slow and Its Over

  2. vicnocal says: Mar 18, 2013 4:48 PM

    Guy isn’t worth more than $3mill a year at this point.
    Props to Emery for sitting back and letting he and his agent find this out for themselves.

  3. derrickbrooks4president says: Mar 18, 2013 4:50 PM

    Unless he signs for the minimum Uncle Fester is probably done.

  4. eatitfanboy says: Mar 18, 2013 4:51 PM

    It’s time for Urlacher’s agent to stop planting false rumors in the press and start focusing on getting the most they can from the Bears.

    Yes, I know that usually these rumors would be used to help do just that, but I think in this case it’s a waste of time.

    Nobody seriously believes Urlacher will leave Chicago.

  5. dabearstjm says: Mar 18, 2013 4:52 PM

    I have always been and Urlacher fan but he needs to realize his time is over and either sign a 1 year deal or retire, his legacy will be much greater this way. Nobody likes the veteran who signs with the enemy. Cough cough Greg Jennings

  6. vicnocal says: Mar 18, 2013 4:52 PM

    He’s probably going to retire.

    The meathead has a big ego, and rather than sign a deal to stay with the Bears for a couple of mill per season (which is his market value), he’ll probably hang it up.

  7. psuravens19 says: Mar 18, 2013 4:52 PM

    Urlacher a Hall of Famer??

  8. GenXJay says: Mar 18, 2013 4:54 PM

    Slap some horns on him & unleash the beast on Cutler, ShAaron, & whoever that Qb is in Detriot.

  9. marine1969nam says: Mar 18, 2013 5:03 PM

    The Cowboys don’t have the cap-space to sign him. Otherwise they would be wise to do so, since Lee gets hurt all of the time, and ends his season on IR.

  10. gtodriver says: Mar 18, 2013 5:11 PM

    I can’t believe the comments from what I think are Bears fans.

  11. flyboy123456 says: Mar 18, 2013 5:15 PM

    Does Uncle Fester still paint his toenails?

  12. packmangamble says: Mar 18, 2013 5:21 PM

    Let him go to the Vikings. They’re used to picking up scraps off the junk pile.

  13. kane337 says: Mar 18, 2013 5:24 PM

    Hang em’ up Brian. That bad knee of yours has slowed you down.

  14. jebdamone says: Mar 18, 2013 5:32 PM

    as much as i think urlacher is well past his best years the fact that the vikes let brinkley go makes me think that bringing urlacher in for a year to transition a rookie into the position is not a terrible idea. at the right price of course.

  15. jebdamone says: Mar 18, 2013 5:32 PM

    i have to think that urlacher would probably just retire though.

  16. purpleguy says: Mar 18, 2013 5:46 PM

    He should either play a final year in Chicago for whatever they’ll pay him or retire. Vikings fans don’t need to hear the sloppy seconds chant in two-part harmony from both cheesers and Bears fans.

  17. wludford says: Mar 18, 2013 5:53 PM

    Urlacher could be a good bridge player with the Vikings for not a lot of money. But the Vikings may draft a starting MLB and go with it.

  18. urlacherbacker says: Mar 18, 2013 6:16 PM

    We Love you Brian!

    This is kind of a painful time for all involved. No decision will seem like the right one.

    And yes, #54 has hall of fame credentials.

    Go Bears!

  19. theecowardlylion says: Mar 18, 2013 6:32 PM

    I still have the feeling there is a future superbowl ring with the Patriots logo destined for Urlacher’s finger.

  20. randallflagg52 says: Mar 18, 2013 6:36 PM

    “Urlacher losing leverage, as Cowboys don’t make sense”

    Nothing about the Cowboys make sense.

  21. EJ says: Mar 18, 2013 6:47 PM

    Regardless if he goes to the Cowboys, the Browns or back with the Bears, he’s a first or second year HOF’er.

  22. gaz0425 says: Mar 18, 2013 7:57 PM

    Dallas had like $14 plus some coupons for signing free agents, and they already spent that on Ernie Sims.

  23. chi01town says: Mar 18, 2013 7:58 PM

    The Bears are changing into a real
    NFL football team. they have excepted the fact that the game has
    changed. and Emery is leading the way. Urlacher has much love in Chicago BUT IT IS TIME TO WIN. and to do that the team has to get Young so that they buy into the new system. Urlacher had his chance. GO EMERY GO

  24. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 18, 2013 9:53 PM

    He’s not good enough for the Cowboys, but he’s plenty good enough for the Bears.

    Just like Cutler.

  25. poshous4life says: Mar 19, 2013 7:44 PM

    Why would Cowboys want Urlacher??? Lee is young and a beast! 1 bad season ended on IR..cmon now! he will be back next season strong!!! Urlacher is done hopefully he gets a little money from the Bears so he can retire a Bear.

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