Brian Urlacher could miss three games or more with hamstring injuryContinue reading.
Brian Urlacher says his agent has talked to a “bunch of teams”
Free-agent linebacker Brian Urlacher (yes, that’s still odd to write) said his agents have talked to a “bunch of teams.”
Even within the NFC North.
“Why wouldn’t I?” Urlacher said. “Every option is open.”
Asked specifically about the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings, Urlacher coyly said, “They both had good seasons.”
Asked about the Dallas Cowboys, where former defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli landed, Urlacher said, “I have no idea.
“But that would be ideal. Anything is a possibility.”
Urlacher made clear to the Sun-Times he’s not returning to the Bears, but he’s also not contemplating retirement.
“I’m going to play for sure. I’m in good shape,” he said. “I don’t have to rehab.”
He pointed out that last offseason, he had to focus on getting his knee right. But this offseason, he’s healthy, so he can actually work out.
My sense is, money isn’t the motivator as Urlacher looks forward and that his focus is a contending team that makes it clear that they really want and need him.
Yes, Urlacher is a potential Hall of Fame player. But I would imagine he — like most people — would be flattered and intrigued if a Bill Belichick or a John Elway called him and said, “We want you to help us win a championship.” In Denver, for instance, Urlacher is better than Stewart Bradley.
The NFC North, though, is intriguing. The Vikings and Packers have some space, and they probably would be interested in him if his asking price was close to the league minimum with a chance to earn more through incentives.
Or what about the Baltimore Ravens? They will certainly draft a middle linebacker, but they would probably want a veteran as well. From what I saw of Ray Lewis last year, Urlacher is definitely an upgrade, and he certainly possesses many of the same intangibles.
Or what about the Arizona Cardinals? Urlacher has a home in the Phoenix area, and new Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is a pretty dynamic personality.
Or what about the Cincinnati Bengals? They’re an ascending team and while they have plenty of young stars, they surely could use an infusion of veteran leadership in the lineup.