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Cowboys Deliberating on Signing Brian Urlacher?

The Dallas Cowboys are going to be without linebacker Sean Lee for the season due to a torn ACL, and reports are surfacing about the team possibly signing ex-Bear great Brian Urlacher. Urlacher has not played in the NFL since the 2012-13 campaign.

Brian Urlacher has not played in the NFL since the 2012-13 season - Mandatory Credit: Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune

Brian Urlacher has not played in the NFL since the 2012-13 season – Mandatory Credit: Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune

The Dallas Cowboys are going to be without standout linebacker Sean Lee for the season, leaving a major hole to be filled on their already weak defense.

However, in order to replace Lee, Dallas is deliberating on signing one player who knows a thing or two about covering the middle of the field: Brian Urlacher.

According to ESPN reporter Ed Werder, Dallas is reportedly weighing its options and considering giving the former Bears’ monster a deal, but that it’s a stretch to believe they will.

Obviously from the tweets above, Jonathan Vilma – another linebacker out the league last season, except for one game – is also in the mix for a potential Dallas connection.

Both Urlacher and Vilma have been awol, so the idea Dallas is even remotely intrigued in signing either of them looks to be a desperation move. The two are some of the best linebackers the league has ever had, but both are old and endured rough final seasons.

Urlacher, 36, compiled 137 tackles and zero sacks over his last two seasons, and Vilma, 32, had one sack and 21 tackles over that same span. Both own proven track records – a pair of NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Awards, an AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award (Urlacher), and 11 Pro Bowls – however, are now shells of what they once were.

Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones is known for bringing in aged veterans – Keith Brooking, Brad Johnson, Jon Kitna, etc. – so to see him pickup either Urlacher or Vilma wouldn’t be surprising whatsoever.

But, as Werder tweeted, it’s highly unlikely one of them joins the ‘Boys.

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