Urlacher to Giants Intriguing, But Not Realistic

John Fennelly , Lead Writer

The temptation of bringing Brian Urlacher to TPC has had to cross the Giants’ minds. Even if just for a minute. it is an intriguing notion. But the bottom line is the Giants simply don’t have the cap space. Especially for a soon-to-be 35 year-old LB who has had recent knee and hamstring issues.

From ESPN Chicago:

Urlacher told the Chicago Tribune that he originally sought a two-year deal worth $11.5 million with hopes that it would lead to negotiations. But the Bears’ only offer to the star linebacker was a one-year contract worth $2 million, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

“It wasn’t even an offer; it was an ultimatum,” Urlacher told the Tribune. “I feel like I’m a decent player still. It was insulting, somewhat of a slap in the face.”

Even at $2 million for one year, the Giants would probably pass on the eight-time Pro Bowler. They just signed Dan Connor to a third of that ($715k) and he’s seven years younger than Urlacher.

The most likely scenario for Urlacher, unfortunately, will be a deal similar to the one he walked away from in Chicago. Minnesota is said to be interested. This year’s free agent market for decorated veterans is proving to be a harsh one.