The Dallas Cowboys are stuck between a rock and a hard place, and their only hope may lie in a player long forgotten. The team had one of the worst defenses in the NFL in 2013 and now they’ll have to play all of 2014 without their best linebacker, Sean Lee.
As is often the case with the Cowboys, wild rumors and ideas follow the team’s every move. The latest such rumors include a couple old names with limited current potential. The latest name to hit the rumor mill, along with Brian Urlacher, has been former New York Jet and New Orleans Saint, linebacker Jonathan Vilma.
CBS Sports reports that the Cowboys have been mildly interested in Vilma and Urlacher since Lee’s injury, but have done nothing to act on that so far. Ed Werder’s tweet on the situation was particularly telling in Urlacher’s case.
I believe Brian Urlacher unlikely _ and I’m told nothing imminent _ but source says he took notice when Sean Lee hurt. Mentioned Cowboys LY
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) June 2, 2014
That’s nice that Urlacher’s interested, but that has yet to be reciprocated. In Vilma, the team would find a younger option than Urlacher, but one perhaps not any more suited to the task. As the CBS article notes, “Vilma, 32, played in just a single game for the Saints in 2013 before being dumped in a cost-cutting spree by New Orleans that shipped several veterans into the maw of free agency this offseason.”
With any other team, one could expect them to sign a cheap rookie who might surprise some people. But it’s the Cowboys, and they love them some big names. Would anyone really be surprised if Jonathan Vilma was the next veteran to mess with Texas?