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Brian Urlacher to the Dallas Cowboys?
The Bears host the Dallas Cowboys at Soldier Field on what should be a chilly Thursday night on Dec. 4. If he’s healthy, it marks the return of defensive tackle Henry Melton.
But there could be another ex-Bear making his return to Chicago: linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Wait … what?
The Cowboys are desperately searching to make up for the loss of star linebacker Sean Lee, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during organized team activities.
Plenty of players have been reported as options. According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, Urlacher is one of them, even though he later noted that it’s unlikely. And then Werder noted even later that there was “not much” interest to sign Urlacher.
It would be more than surprising if the Cowboys (or any team really) were able to lure Urlacher, 36, out of retirement. Urlacher has repeatedly said that he’s enjoying retirement and working for Fox Sports as an analyst.
“I love three things,” Urlacher told a handful of reporters during Super Bowl week in New York. “I love my kids, fishing and golf. Right now, my time is occupied by mostly doing that stuff.”
With defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli in place in Dallas, Urlacher would definitely be familiar operating in the Cowboys’ Tampa-2 scheme. But how well would he operate as a player? Urlacher’s last game was Dec. 2, 2012 against the Seattle Seahawks. What type of shape is he in?
Urlacher retired after declining the Bears’ offer, but also after no other offers came in. Dallas was said to be one interested team, but Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said during the NFL owners meetings in March 2013 that signing Urlacher “doesn’t make sense” for his team.
So it’s safe to say that Bears president George McCaskey can continue drawing up his plans to honor No. 54 at some point.