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NFC East news: Cowboys interested in Jonathan Vilma and Brian Urlacher

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Two aging veterans are on the Cowboys list of possible replacements for injured linebacker Sean Lee.


The Cowboys don't have many options to replace injured linebacker Sean Lee, but they're willing to sign aging veterans to add experience at the position. The team is interested in Jonathan Vilma and Brian Urlacheraccording to ESPN's Ed Werder. The pair combined for just one game appearance in 2013.

Vilma spent most of the 2013 season on the injured reserve after receiving knee surgery during last offseason. He started off on the Saints injured reserve (designated to return) before being activated for the eighth game of the season. He had one tackle against the Jets as a backup inside linebacker but was once again placed on injured reserve during the next week. He was cut by the Saints along with several other veterans in February.

Urlacher missed all of last season after failing to re-sign with the Bears or find work elsewhere. He ended up spending the entire year as an analyst for Fox Sports 1. It is unclear whether or not Urlacher would come out of retirement to play for a defense that seems to be trending downward. However, he did play in a similar scheme in Chicago.

Vilma and Urlacher being included on the Cowboys list of possible replacements speaks volumes about how bad the free agent market is for the position at this point and how desperate Dallas is to add depth. Vilma hasn't had much of a positive impact on a defense in a while and Urlacher has been out of the league for a year. The Cowboys could also look at Pat Angerer, Rocky McIntosh, Nick Barnett, Erin Henderson, Paris Lenon and other possible retreads to fill the Lee void.