Oh, the fun of the NFL. You’ll hear one rumor, and then the next day it’s a completely different rumor. This is no different, except there’s a chance the reason why the rumors about the Dallas Cowboys potentially bringing in a veteran linebacker or two to replace the injured Sean Lee may have something to do with on-field performance.
It was originally rumored that the Cowboys were planning on keeping things in-house by starting one of the players currently on their roster. This included options like second-year player DeVonte Holloman, rookie Anthony Hitchens and veteran Justin Durant. The plan was to let them get some playing time and see how they looked, but if the newest rumors are true, then they may not look ready to even come close to attempting to fill the void left by Lee.
The two veterans who have been linked to the Cowboys are Jonathan Vilma and a surprising name in Brian Urlacher. The latter is 36 years old and retired after the 2012 season, but he was linked to the Cowboys before he decided to retire, making this an even more interesting story to watch. Vilma is four years younger at 32, but missed all of last season.
Either of these guys would be interesting options, but it has to leave you feeling a bit iffy about the current linebackers on the roster if, less than a week after saying they were going to roll with one of those guys, the Cowboys are now looking to the outside for help. It may all be just another big rumor, but Urlacher to the Cowboys is picking up steam.
I believe Urlacher landing in Dallas would actually be a great thing. He’s had a year off to rest his body and if he stayed in shape, he’d still be an excellent talent. I’d love to see him with a star on his helmet, and I think he’d be the type of contributor, and most importantly a leader, who could help the Cowboys get to the next level.