He may be able to do it athletically, and he may want to just-because with a team on the Bears’ 2014 schedule. And the Dallas Cowboys are in the market for help at middle linebacker after Sean Lee suffered a torn ACL during a recent OTA.
But while Brian Urlacher is on the rolodex for the Cowboys and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli per a report from Ed Werder over at ESPN, a source tells CSNChicago.com that “there’s nothing there” as far as the longtime Bears fixture un-retiring to join the Cowboys at this point.
The Cowboys were among a small handful of teams that surfaced with supposed interest in Urlacher last year when he and the Bears formally ended their years together. The plan in Dallas now is to evaluate exactly what they have on the roster — the Cowboys drafted Anthony Hitchens out of Iowa in the fourth round last month — as well as a list of possibilities that include Ernie Sims and Jonathan Vilma.
Marinelli was promoted to defensive coordinator in January to replace ousted Monte Kiffin, and the relationship with Urlacher is excellent from their time together in Chicago.
However, Urlacher all but ruled out a comeback last year during a pro-am round of golf at last year’s Encompass Championship at North Shore Country Club in Glenview
“The first thing on my mind when I wake up isn’t working out anymore,” Urlacher said then. “So that’s a good thing… .
“I told my agent I just wanted to retire. He went through every scenario — ‘What if so-and-so calls? Offers you $10 million?’ — but I told him I don’t want to play. Don’t have the desire to play.
“I’m not in shape, haven’t been doing football stuff, have no desire. I’m sure I’ll miss it when it’s time to put the pads on it but I won’t miss what it does to my body.”