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LB Brian Urlacher, the former Bears' defensive stalwart for the ast 13 seasons, has announced his retirement. The eight-time Pro Bowler, who will turn 35 this weekend, announced his intentions via a statement on whosay.com.

Urlacher was once thought to be a possibility for the Giants this season, but the Blue did not seem to have a serious interest in him.

They were not alone. There was a very shallow market for Urlacher after the Bears decided not to meet his contract demands earlier this year during the free-agent period.

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In a Football Outsiders piece on ESPN Insider, the analysts suggest linebacker remains the New York Giants' biggest red flag heading into 2013.

FBO calls the current starting trio -- Dan Connor, Keith Rivers and Jacquian Williams -- a patchwork unit, which is the M.O. for Giants general manager Jerry Reese.

"For a team with such a rich a history at the linebacker position, it's hard to remember the last time the Giants had even one really good player in their linebacking corps."
FBO criticizes the Giants' off-season plan of attack to address its less-than-mediocre linebacking corps, failing to draft a premier prospect and signing Aaron Curry via free agency.

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Entering this past weekend's NFL Draft, linebacker was an area many speculated the Giants would need to address with young talent.

Yet the team chose not to draft a linebacker.

The Giants bolstered its offensive and defensive lines, added depth to the running back corps and secondary, and even added a pair of linebackers in the form of undrafted free agents Etienne Sabino out of Ohio State and Charles Dieusel of Mount Union.

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The NFL will release its schedule tonight at 8 p.m. In honor of this annual occasion in which we mark our calendars and cancel plans in advance of the fall, here are the games we're looking forward the most in 2013.

1. Denver Broncos

It's not a question the most intriguing game of the 2013 schedule will be the Manning Bowl, pinning up brother against brother in one of the league's most cherished match-ups.

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The odds and prospects of where former Bears' LB Brian Urlacher will play this season are being bandied about by other sites around the net. We've told you the Giants currently have no interest in bringing him under any circumstances. That was last week. Things haven't changed since then, but the talk is still hot....

Urlacher has not garnered much interest at all in the open market. Some teams were rumored (Cowboys, Vikings and Cardinals) to have interest in the soon-to-be 35 year-old perennial Pro Bowler, but not at his price, which is said to be in the $2.5-3 million range for multiple seasons. He turned down a one-year, $2 mil offer from the Bears, calling it "an ultimatum, not a negotiation." He should have taken it.

If Urlacher wants to play this season, he's going to have to face the fiscal reality of the 2013 NFL free agent marketplace and take a one-year deal at close to the veteran minimum. He might get some bonus money or an incentive clause along with it, but that is what he is looking at.

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The Giants don't seem to be interested in free agent LB Brian Urlacher, who was unceremoniously shunned by the Bears this week. Urlacher is shopping his wares around the league, thus far to no avail.

Three teams (Dallas, Minnesota and Arizona) gave already passed on Urlacher in the past few days. The Giants just signed Dan Connor to a on-year deal at the minimum. Connor is seven years younger than Urlacher, but does not quite bring the experience or leadership that the eight-time Pro Bowler does.Either way, Urlacher would not get more than a one-year deal out of the Giants for close to the minimum.

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The temptation of bringing Brian Urlacher to TPC has had to cross the Giants' minds. Even if just for a minute. it is an intriguing notion. But the bottom line is the Giants simply don't have the cap space. Especially for a soon-to-be 35 year-old LB who has had recent knee and hamstring issues.

From ESPN Chicago:

Urlacher told the Chicago Tribune that he originally sought a two-year deal worth $11.5 million with hopes that it would lead to negotiations.?But the Bears' only offer to the star linebacker was a one-year contract worth $2 million, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

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This season, the Giants lacked their signature pass rush, which had lifted them over the Patriots in Super Bowls twice and had set the tone for the rest of their defense.

Whether it's via free agency, the draft or trades, the Giants need to upgrade their pass rush, which will allow their linebackers to focus more on stopping the revent and their defensive backs on generating turnovers.

The heart and soul of the Giants D: the defensive line. Let's begin there.

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The New York Giants need a game changing, sideline to sideline, play maker at? linebacker. ? For those of you who might be thinking...Purdue, sorry, Ryan Kerrigan is not that guy.? Yes, Kerrigan is an impressive athlete(6'4 263)...and a ball player through and through.?? He has dominating power and has made his presence known in the backfield of many college teams, but he should stay at his natural position with his hand in the dirt at the next level.

For those of you who were thinking of converting the boilermakers "Most Valuable Player" on defense you might want to look at a different guy for the Giants system.? Yes, Kerrigan will be a 4-3 player in the NFL, but mostly likely at defensive end.?? After watching him at the college All-Star Skills competition I found him very stiff in the hips.? His footwork is good enough for a defensive end; however, not the Patrick Willis, Brian Urlacher, Brian Cushing, type of lateral movement the Giants so sorely need.

The first unanimous All-American at Purdue since 1980 will play in the NFL and mostly likely will be a top 20 pick in the 1st round, but he is not what the Giants need.? Kerrigan will not be a good linebacker, especially if he is asked to? cover tight ends; however, with his hand on the ground and 20 lbs of muscle, the NFL will be happy and Kerrigan will be a force to reckoned with.

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2007 was a defining year for the New York Giants. They came away from the NFL Draft with eight players, all of whom would make the team and contribute to the Super Bowl run later that season.

But in reviewing that draft here in 2011, I can't help but catching myself on the glaring error the Giants may have made in the first round.

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