Brian Urlacher to the Dallas Cowboys?
Those are six words that just sound far-fetched. And they ultimately may be.
After all, it’s been more than a year since Urlacher walked away from the NFL, unable to reach agreement on a new deal with the Chicago Bears or find a new team to join. So after 13 seasons and eight Pro Bowl invitations, it appeared Urlacher was retired, settling into a new venture in the TV analysis business and content with having his playing days behind him.
But now, according to a report from ESPN’s Ed Werder, Urlacher might be one of the names the Cowboys would consider to help them fill the void created last week when starting middle linebacker Sean Lee suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Werder listed Urlacher and former Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma as potential options for the Cowboys. And there would seem to be a natural fit in Dallas, where Rod Marinelli is the defensive coordinator. Marinelli, of course, worked with Urlacher during their time together with the Bears from 2009-2012.
But just how serious would the Cowboys be in prioritizing a 36-year-old linebacker who spent 2013 out of football and seemed to be a shell of his former self in 2012?
And even if Cowboys general manager Jerry Jones was serious about giving Urlacher a shot to play again, the linebacker would have to have the itch to return to the grind. And even Werder noted on Twitter that an Urlacher-Cowboys union is "unlikely." Werder later tweeted that according to a team source, the Cowboys' interest in Urlacher and Vilman was "not much."
Urlacher’s 2011 season ended with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee in the regular season finale in Minnesota, an injury that proved to be a significant setback and required arthroscopic knee surgery shortly before the 2012 season began.
And last year, in his first season out of football, Urlacher repeatedly expressed contentment with his life after football, stressing that he missed his teammates and the locker room camaraderie but did not miss the pounding of the game on his body.
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