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Bears, Urlacher talking


Four years ago, the Ravens let iconic linebacker Ray Lewis hit the market, hopeful he’d decide to return.

He did.

The Bears may not be taking that same risk.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Bears and Urlacher are engaged in ongoing discussions aimed at extending a career that began in Chicago 13 years ago, via the first round of the draft.

In 2009, the Cowboys opted not to make a play for Lewis. Not coincidentally, they’ve had no real leadership on defense since then. If Urlacher gets to market, it would be wise for the Cowboys to make a run at him -- especially since Dallas is installing a 4-3 defense.

Still, Urlacher is more important to the Bears that any other team. Even with a new coaching staff, “Urlacher” and “Bears” are synonymous.

Besides, what would they do with all the Curly Howard dolls to which they’ve applied black strips under the eyes?