Wednesday, May 8, 2013
When teams might call Urlacher
By Tom Carpenter
Brian Urlacher remains a man without a team. He hasn't really even been tied to any team outside of loose speculation that the Minnesota Vikings, who have a history of snagging veterans from other NFC North teams, could be interested. Per ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson, former Denver Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist, who drafted current Chicago Bears Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall, said on ESPN 1000 Tuesday that he expects interest in Urlacher to develop in June.
"I think once we get past that June 1 cut where a lot of teams are going to let some guys go because of cap reasons and there is going to be some street free agents out there, clubs are going to be focusing again on where they can find good, veteran talent that I can bring in at a bargain price," Sundquist said. "When I say bargain price, I say something that fits with their cap situation as they head into training camp. I think Urlacher is going to get mixed into that group. I think a lot of clubs right now are waiting to see who is going to be released after June 1 and then they'll make their moves on high name veteran players before they enter into camp."
That's a fair assessment, since there is really little reason why a team would suddenly become interested in Urlacher between the draft and June 1 salary-cap cuts. On the other hand, it's entirely debatable whether a team will find Urlacher to be an intriguing option at this point of his career, even at a reduced salary.