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Bears LB Lance Briggs wants to be traded

Posted on: September 2, 2011 10:51 am
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: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2011 12:07 pm

Bears LB Lance Briggs wants to be traded

As long as his play is not affected, I say he's entitled to ask for a trade. From a business standpoint the goal of a business is to always increase earnings. If the product is a quality product (which Brigg's play on the field is) a business should be compensated for the product according to industry averages. Briggs is one of the best linebackers in the league and should be paid like one of the top 5! There's nothing wrong with asking as long as he continues to show up to work and perform

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 12:06 pm

Bears LB Lance Briggs wants to be traded

Herein lies the downside of NFL's "non-guaranteed" contracts.  You rarely see this kind of stuff in baseball, with the contracts guaranteed.  The downside in baseball, of course, is that Alfonso Soriano is making $18M/year.

Since: Apr 23, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 12:03 pm

Bears LB Lance Briggs wants to be traded

Let me guess. He's got lots of cars, lots of bling, lots of baby's Mama's, and no cash. Imagine that.

Since: Dec 14, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2011 12:01 pm

Bears LB Lance Briggs wants to be traded

Boo hoo!  I signed a contract, and now me no likey the contract!  Can't make ends meet with this piddly contract!

Just man up & play. 

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 11:57 am
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Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2011 11:55 am

Bears LB Lance Briggs wants to be traded

I was on CJ2k's side because of his bullshit rookie deal.  But I blasted Revis and I think the Bears shouldn't give in to Briggs here either. 

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 11:47 am

Bears LB Lance Briggs wants to be traded

I think Bears fans should get paid more money for having to listen to Phil "postseason bust" River's fans making pissy comments about Jay Cutler.

Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2011 11:47 am

Bears LB Lance Briggs wants to be traded

Dear Lance,

 Stay in Chicago man...You will get your money no doubt. You go some where else and you will be mediocore. Im a die hard Bears fan and we would be lost without you!!!!

Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 11:44 am

Bears LB Lance Briggs wants to be traded

Trade him to the Bungles. Any team that is going to suck this season for sure.

Gotta love these type players that demand to be traded just before the season starts. The guy is a douche.

I wouldn't want this type character around my players.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 11:40 am

Bears LB Lance Briggs wants to be traded

All the Bears defensive players should get paid more money. I can not blame Lance Briggs one bit. He should be paid more or they should trade him.

If you play defense on a team that has Jay Cutler as the quarterback on offense you should get paid more money.  The defense&
nbsp;will stop the other teams offense and come off the field and then Cutler will throw an interception and the defense has to go right back on the field.

Lance Briggs has to play a lot more so yea he should get paid more!!!

Go Jay "Interception Machine" Cutler!!!  Good luck with the Lions.

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