PHOENIX (CBS) The Bears are not hiding the fact that they want to bring middle linebacker Brian Urlacher back.
But the question is: for how much and in what capacity?READ MORE: IDES Kept Offices Closed While Many Struggled To Get Their Unemployment Benefits: What Really Happened
In an interview with 670 The Score’s Laurence Holmes at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix, new Bears head coach Marc Trestman wouldn’t commit to Urlacher being an every-down linebacker anymore.
“We evaluated him and simply — I’m not going to go through specifics — we thought, without question, he could play on first and second down for us,” Trestman told Holmes Wednesday.READ MORE: Coworkers Rally Around River North Bouncer Who Was Shot After He Refused To Let Man Into Clutch Bar
Of course, that leaves out third and fourth down, so does Trestman think Urlacher provides enough value?
“Absolutely. We’ve established that,” the first-year Bears head coach said. “We wouldn’t be trying to get him back if we didn’t think he could play for us. So that’s what Phil (Emery) and Cliff (Stein) are trying to do and working out with Brian and the people who represent him.”
Trestman also talked to Holmes about how he evaluates his players and raved about new tight end Martellus Bennett, saying: “He’s an ascending 26-year-old tight end who has the upside to be able to do it all.”MORE NEWS: ATM Stolen From Convenient Store In Mayfair
Listen to the entire interview here: