As every hour passes, we have to wonder about the future of inside linebacker Brian Urlacher with the Chicago Bears. With Urlacher testing the open market, he is able to gauge the interest from around the league and he is starting to draw attention from a number of teams. We already mentioned the talks between Urlacher and the long time rivals Minnesota Vikings.
There are now two more potential suitors emerging in the Urlacher sweepstakes.
According to reports, the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals have “some level of interest” in the veteran linebacker.
The Cardinals added Lorenzo Alexander in free agency on Wednesday and were aggressive in landing their targets during day two of free agency, so if they would like to entertain Urlacher they could certainly make a move.
For the Cowboys, it is not so easy.
They are up against a tight salary cap situation, though they did just release Marcus Spears to create more cap space.
With Dallas converting to the 4-3 defense under Monte Kiffin with Cover 2, they need to find a capable linebacker for that system and Urlacher is a perfect fit for the new defense. The Cowboys missed out on Ray Lewis a year ago in free agency and the team has lacked any form of defensive leadership. Locking up Urlacher could kill two birds with one stone.
It will be interesting to see if the Urlacher market heats up over the next few days.