Dec. 23, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Chicago Bears injured linebacker Brian Urlacher prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency Rumors: Chicago Bears, Brian Urlacher Talking Contract

Veteran linebacker Brian Urlacher was unsure of his future with the Chicago Bears and admitted that the two sides had not talked since Marc Trestman took over as head coach. Now, according to a source close to the situation, the Bears may not be willing to risk Urlacher hit the open market. The reports indicate that Urlacher and the Bears are discussing a contract extension.

Much like when Ray Lewis hit the free agency market but eventually re-signed with the Ravens, Urlacher could hit the market and risk leaving the team that he joined thirteen years ago.

One team that could make a run at Urlacher if he hits the open market is the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys are switching to a 4-3 defense with Cover 2 and Urlacher would bring leadership and experience to the defensive unit as they attempt to learn the new scheme.

Knowing that Urlacher could generate interest is enough to get Chicago and Urlacher talking. Both sides will work on completing a deal before the start of free agency on March 12.

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