(CBS) Lance Briggs made it clear Sunday that he doesn’t want to be traded, he just wants a raise this season.
In an interview with the Chicago Tribune’s Vaughn McClure, Briggs said:
“I am not asking to be traded, nor do I want to be traded. I love it here. I am a Chicago Bear.”
Briggs and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, recently approached Bears general manager Jerry Angelo about restructuring his deal. He signed a six-year, $36 million deal three years ago, but the market has since gone up and Briggs feels like he deserves more. He is set to make $3.9 million this season.
“It’s not just about me. I know there are guys on our team that deserve to be paid and should be paid,” he told the Tribune. “And I do act as a voice when I have an opportunity to do so. I’ve been that way all my life.
“I want Matt Forte, Chris Harris, these guys who deserve long-term deals to be Chicago Bears for a long time and help us win championship after championship.”
As for a possible hold out?
“I’m going to go out and play the game the way I’ve always played it and see what happens,” Briggs said. “I’m going to plug away and do what I’ve always done. I’m here to help us win a championship.”