Oct 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency Rumors: Brian Urlacher to the Dallas Cowboys?


Free agent linebacker Brian Urlacher is unsure whether or not he will return to the Chicago Bears in 2013. If he decides to return to the Windy City, he will likely have to do so at a discounted price.

If Urlacher is looking to play next season at a higher price, one potential landing spot could be the Dallas Cowboys.

Chris Boden of CSN Chicago brought up the speculation in his recent article. Boden wrote:

If Urlacher returns, it’d probably have to be for somewhere in the neighborhood of half his salary from a year ago, and he figures to be of most value to the Bears on the open market. One possibility for another destination is Dallas, where Monte Kiffin (and ex-Bears Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli) are implemented the 4-3 so-called “Tampa 2″ system Urlacher’s worked in the past nine seasons. The Cowboys have already had a number of their players restructure contracts in order to create more room under the salary cap for the March 12th start of free agency.

The Cowboys could benefit from some added depth at linebacker, especially if Dan Connor decides he does not want to restructure his contract and gets cut.

While Dallas could be a good fit for Urlacher, it would be odd to see the longtime Bears defender walking onto an NFL field with a star on his helmet instead of the familiar “C.”

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  • http://twitter.com/bluenotebacker Sean Jeffries

    I’ve always liked Urlacher, though I’ve never been much of a Bears fan. I’m even LESS a Cowboys fan, I doubt I’d be at all interested to see him play there. Seems like Dallas is always quick to overpay for veteran VAs, yes? Only a rumor, I know

    • http://www.facebook.com/joshnsanchez Josh Sanchez

      Yeah, you hit the nail right on the head though. The Cowboys are always linked to big name free agents, but this one would actually make sense. They need players that can fit the Tampa 2 scheme and Urlacher certainly fits the bill.

  • Dustin T

    No need to worry fellow cowboys fans. This isn’t even a rumor…it’s pure speculation. Just a catchy title to get people to read the article. Sure, 54 knows the D we are gonna run this year but if the Bears are willing to let the poster boy for ILB leave town, then he prob can’t move well enough to successfully get the job done anymore. I hope Chicago signs him back and lets him retire there. THEY OWE HIM THAT MUCH!