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Bears LB Lance Briggs wants to be traded

Posted on: September 2, 2011 10:51 am
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Posted by Ryan Wilson

Agent Drew Rosenhaus has filed a formal trade request on behalf of his client, Bears linebacker Lance Briggs. This comes after the six-time Pro Bowler and nine-year veteran asked the team for a raise and was kindly rebuffed. The Chicago Tribune reports that Rosenhaus made the trade request via email. (Presumably he won't be sending out a "never mind, ignore that" follow-up.)

"The Bears made their decision, now I have to make mine," Briggs told the Tribune. "It's just how the business works. It's not going to take away from what I do on the field. I'm 100 percent a Bear, until I'm not a Bear anymore."

If this sounds familiar, well, it should. In 2007, Briggs announced that he would never play for the Bears again before he signed his one-year, $7.2 million franchise tender. A year later, the team inked him to a six-year contract. Doing the math, that means that he still has three years left on the deal he asked for three years ago.

Details on Briggs' current contract situation, via the Tribune: "He is scheduled to make $3.9 million this season (including bonuses), $4 million in 2012 and $6.5 million in 2013. He signed a six-year, $36 million deal in 2008 after first testing the free-agent market, and the maximum value of the first three years was $21.6 million."

The Tribune adds that Briggs wants to restructure his contract so that he makes more money this season, possibly by flip-flopping the $6.5 million he's set to make in '13 with the $3.9 million he'll pull down this season. Apparently, he decided to ask for more money after seeing younger linebackers like the Broncos' DJ Williams and the Jaguars' Daryl Smith cash in with new deals.

For now, head coach Lovie Smith isn't worried about Briggs or his contract.

"If a guy has something that he needs to do, then he can deal with it off the field," he said, via the Tribune. "As far as how I see him, I just see him coming to work every day, like he has done. Lance Briggs has to get ready for the football season, which he has done. "Who doesn't want a new contract?" Smith added rhetorically. "All of us would want a new contract. But still, you go to work every day and do your job, and that's what he's doing. I have no complaints about him."

In general, we support a player's right to ask for a raise because NFL contracts aren't guaranteed. But Briggs had no issue with the deal when he signed it three years ago. Just because other teams might overpay for their linebackers isn't reason enough for the Bears to do the same. Maybe that changes after the season, or perhaps Briggs will get his wish and be traded.

For now, he's 100 percent a Bear until he's not a Bear anymore. Which, given the immutable laws of physics, is typically how these things work.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:26 pm
 

Bears LB Lance Briggs wants to be traded




Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 6:20 pm
 

Bears LB Lance Briggs wants to be traded



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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 3, 2011 4:53 pm
 

Bears LB Lance Briggs wants to be traded

He's an NFL player, so stop with the whining about comparing him to normal/regular people.  That rule set doesn't apply to him and it's never going to apply to them, stop watching football if you're among the people it bothers so much.

Bob. I understand what you're saying and what you said is very true.   But this is one time where a player demanding a trade because he wants a new deal with i'm certain a lot of up front money doesn't make sense.  Briggs has as you put it earned his money so far, no doubt about it.  The thing is he's not one of those players that falls into the "overperform and underpaid" category.  He got paid 16 million dollars in signing bonuses and roster bonuses over the last 3 seasons plus whatever salary he got and he's still due good money now...  that's the problem... it's not like he's making 500 grand this year...

That being said you are probably right that he'll get his money one way or another.... the Bears can't afford to deal with an unhappy Briggs in what is becoming a very tough division to win.  My guess is he'll probably get traded though.... probably to an AFC team.   



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: September 3, 2011 10:17 am
 

Bears LB Lance Briggs wants to be traded

"The Bears made their decision, now I have to make mine," Briggs told the . "It's just how the business works....

No, Lance. You and Mr. Rosenhaus made a decision three years ago. Now live up to it or be quiet at least until the season's over.  Why not ask your agent for some of his percentage back to tide you over as he cut that 6-year deal for you and convinced you it was all good! Drew R is as big a pain in the butt as the prima dona players he pimps.



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2011 10:03 am
 

Bears LB Lance Briggs wants to be traded

This is simple, Briggs figured he would ask for money because when Urlacher did it a few years ago he got it, the difference is Urlacher is going to be in the hall of fame, and Briggs is not, also, he has no leverage, there is 3 years left on his deal, he just sit out because the Bears will not have to pay him if he does, thus he loses his paychecks this year, and they are not going to give him away in a trade, Briggs should realize that he was made by playing next to a future hall of famer, and that he should be happy with getting the checks he has because if he were on any other team (i.e. warrick holdman, rosie colvin) he would be average at best, and getting paid like it.


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