When I heard earlier this week that Brian Urlacher had spent his final season in Chicago after the Bears offered him a paltry one-year deal worth $2 million, my first thought was that he would be a perfect fit for Denver's defense. The Broncos could use a seasoned veteran to shore up the middle and show the young guys, Nate Irving and Steven Johnson, the ropes at middle linebacker.
Who wouldn't want to learn from a future first-ballot Hall of Famer?
Much like last year's addition of Keith Brooking and the addition of the spectacular, wily veteran Brian Dawkins several years ago, this move would add depth and experience—in a year where they want to win now, as Peyton Manning isn't getting any younger, they would further solidify their résumé as one of the NFL's top contenders for a title in the 2013-14 season.
I don't believe it's too great a stretch, as the Denver Post's Mark Kiszla first floated the idea earlier today. Kiszla doubts that the Broncos' latest addition, Stewart Bradley, or the inexperienced Irving have anywhere near the talent that a 13-year veteran like Urlacher would bring to the team:
"Is Nate Irving or Stewart Bradley really a better option in the heart of the Broncos defense?"
The Bears just made the Broncos' cast-off D.J. Williams next season's starter after signing him to a one-year contract. I say that Urlacher should come to Denver and show to Chicago what a poor mistake they made by dropping him for the headache that Williams was during his tenure in Denver.
Last season, special teams star Wesley Woodyard made Williams expendable when they finally learned the value of a quality weak-side linebacker.
What would it cost Denver to add Urlacher for a year on a team that has legitimate Super Bowl hype? Maybe $3 million?
The prospect of adding Urlacher would be a low-risk, high-reward move if he can stay healthy over the grueling 16-game schedule. Even if he does go down with a season-ending injury, then Bradley or Irving will still be waiting in the wings and could even give him a breather throughout the year.
He could play a role as a leader on the defense, keeping players accountable and focused. His passion and heart would be inspiring on an already above-average defense.
What do you think Broncos fans, what is there to lose?