The truth is there was one team that intrigued Urlacher enough to keep playing had it pursued his services: The Dallas Cowboys.
At this point in his career, Urlacher simply doesn't hold a candle to Cowboys middle linebacker Sean Lee, who was playing at an All-Pro level before a late October toe injury ended his season. The Cowboys also have high expectations for rangy weak-side linebacker Bruce Carter in the role Derrick Brooks filled in the Tampa 2 defense.
Once Urlacher realized the interest wasn't mutual, he decided to "shut it down" on his own terms.
"We talked to every team in the NFL, and maybe in July or August it would have happened, but I'm not going to wait," Urlacher explained. "I want to be somewhere where somebody wants me."