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New York Giants a Potential Landing Spot for Brian Urlacher?

March 24th, 2013 at 9:45 AM
By Dan Benton

'Brian Urlacher' photo (c) 2011, Mike Morbeck Photography - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ Since the moment he and the Chicago Bears parted ways, linebacker Brian Urlacher has been connected to the New York Giants through rumor and speculation. That continued recently when Bill Barnwell of Grantland suggesed that Urlacher would be a perfect fit for Big Blue if he desired to remain in a 4-3 scheme.

Even Dan Graziano from ESPN recently suggested that Urlacher would "make sense" for the Giants.

"Urlacher's only NFC East fit is the Giants. He'd provide a presence in the middle of their mediocre linebacking corps — certainly offering more than recently signed Dan Connor would. He's a veteran for a veteran locker room. He surely would like to go to a contender, and the Giants always are that. The Giants are the one place in this division where he'd fit. The only question is whether they're interested, and to this point they do not appear to be."

We at Giants 101 have attempted to avoid this topic, but like the daily "any update on Victor Cruz" question, it's become unavoidable. Even with the addition of Dan Connor, fans and pundits have been unable to avoid the question: "Does it make sense?" The answer, quite simply, is yes … if this were 2007.

Ed Valentine of Big Blue View recently took on this question himself and came to the same conclusion we reached here at Giants 101: at this stage of his career, Urlacher is not only a bad fit for the Giants, but would be a downgrade in comparison to Connor, who was highly rated prior to his poor season in the Dallas Cowboys' 3-4 system.

Beyond all that, and ignoring the obvious concerns about his health and age, the Bears and Urlacher went their separate ways because he found their $2 million offer "insulting" – imagine what he'd think when the Giants offered him a one-year, veteran minimum deal. And let's face it, that's exactly the kind of offer he'd receive here.

Urlacher carries with him a superstar name, and in the Madden age, that's all it takes to get fans excited. But the reality is he's on the downside of his career, injuries are beginning to riddle him and he's looking for far more money than he's worth. All told, he's not a fit that "makes sense" for the Giants, and certainly wouldn't help the team get any better (or younger) on the field. His only real value comes from an experience and leadership role, and that's not worth in excess of $2 million annually.

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22 Responses to “New York Giants a Potential Landing Spot for Brian Urlacher?”

  1.  Dirt says:

    I wasn’t aware that the LB coach position was open, but given how that unit has performed, I’d be all for him landing here for it.

  2.  Krow says:

    Idle speculation.

  3.  Dirt says:

    Going back a few days, the Saints 1st round pick story blows away the Cruz story all day, everyday. It still gets a rise out of people 6 years later – this Cruz story will be water under the bridge next year.

    And for the record, I think Reese was a clown for not trading that Saints pick.

    •  kujo says:

      In sheer volume, Cruz wins out. The Saints thing wasn’t nearly as prolific as this Cruz issue, although it certainly has more staying power than Cruz’s contract will have.

  4.  Chad Eldred says:

    “Urlacher carries with him a superstar name, and in the Madden age, that’s all it takes to get fans excited.”

    That pretty much sums it up.

    •  Dirt says:

      True.

      But Giants fans are also so used to either untalented, broken down and/or white linebackers that you can’t blame them for the way they’ve been trained. A whole generation knows no other way.

      Personally I’m surprised they don’t take a run at a Keith Brooking or Bill Romanowski.

  5.  Krow says:

    And speaking of how one leaves a team that afforded you great success … from PFT …

    Days after signing with the Texans, former Ravens safety Ed Reed said goodbye to Baltimore, by taking a full-page ad out in the Baltimore Sun.

    Under the headline “Thank you, Baltimore,” Reed expressed his gratitude to the city, after the team just let him walk away.

    “Ravens Nation, My eleven seasons in Baltimore were more than I would have ever imagined, which is why I have such deep love for you all,” the ad read. “I will forever cherish my time with the Ravens and the chills that ran down my spine when I finally kissed the Lombardi Trophy.

    “Special thanks to the City, Team, Organization and all the Fans! I’m going to miss being a part of this tremendous team and organization, but I’ll always be Baltimore and my Foundation will remain in this community, this is not a goodbye, but a See You Soon.

    “Thank you for everything Baltimore, God Bless you.

    “ED REED #20”

    He didn’t say that the only thing better than winning with the Ravens would be winning with the Texans. I think we all can notice the subtle differences in how Ed Reed moved on in comparison to O$i.

  6.  jfunk says:

    True, but if Reed had been fool enough to sign a nearly career long team friendly contract during his third year instead of repeatedly being made the highest paid player at his position, he may have felt differently.

    •  demo3356 says:

      actually it want a team friendly deal at the time.. Also at the time the Giants were one of the first teams to tear up a rookie deal and give a player a fat ne contract after only 2 seasons when they had him under control for 3 more years at really low price. They also gave him a ton of up front ad guaranteed money at the time. I’ve always been a big Osi fan but lets not re write history

      •  demo3356 says:

        * it wasn’t

      •  jfunk says:

        It’s not rewriting history, this was the point at the time as well. Osi was crying about that contract before the ink was dry. The Giants paid him early because they knew what they had (a likely perennial All-Pro) and that he would cost cap busting dollars if they waited.

        Osi’s contract was one of the cornerstones to building our fearsome pass rush…we were able to stockpile talent at an expensive position because of it. Did the same thing with Tuck during the 2007 season.

        Yes, the Giants made him the “higheat paid third year player” in history….which sounds impressive until you’re in your fourth year. This was no act of kindness or “rewarding” your players…it was cold business and the Giants got the best of the deal.

        It’s no excuse for Osi’s whining, I’m just saying that if Osi had twice been made the highest paid DE during his tenure on the Giants, his farewell probably would have been a little more like Reed’s.

  7.  Samardzija says:

    Lmao was only a matter of time…

  8.  demo3356 says:

    Urlacher was one of the two greatest MLB’s of the last 20 years but he is donezo.. At this point I’d rather have Dan Conner at the vet Minimum than Urlacher at what he thinks he deserves. He will be the starting MLB in Minnesota this season. Book it

  9.  Kevros says:

    Osi hasn’t even signed yet. He’s trying to get himself a contract with the team he grew up rooting for. I think some Giants fans are being more petulant than Osi is at this point…

    •  jfunk says:

      Yep, I don’t make anything of these comments. Not only is he trying to say the right thing about his hopeful new team, but this is his home town to boot. Nothing weird about his comment.

  10.  LUZZ says:

    At no point in Osi’s career was he the best DE in football though. Ed Reed had a stretch of about 5 seasons where he really was the best Safety in the game, and he deserved to be paid that way. Osi never deserved the numbers he was ultimately asking to get.

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