Briggs: ‘I’m Not Asking To Be Traded’

(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.”

  • windontree

    Funny but if we go back and look at so many years of Superbowl these kinds of greedy shenanigans don’t happen during the Superbowl champs’ year. Guess the Bears won’t be at the Superbowl this year.

  • Sean Jones

    He signed the paper, he should honor it. And where does he get off thinking hes worth elite money?

  • FC

    Shut up and play football.

  • wally

    like his comment – I am a Chicago Bear

    left unsaid – if you continue to pay me for playing

    take the Bears all the way – like in winning the Super Bowl – then maybe you can ask for a raise

    otherwise I agree with FC – shut up briggs

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  • Ramo Geezus

    Say what you will about this particular situation, but I will say, The D is not the same with him off the field.

  • tom Sharp

    Stuff it Briggs! You greedy pig! Next time go for s short contract. Only an idiot wouldn’t know the salary scale was going up over that time frame.

  • Mr.NDS

    Pay the man.

  • Report: Briggs Wants Out « CBS Chicago

    […] This report comes just five days after Briggs’ gave the opposite impression about his future. In another interview with the Tribune’s McClure, he said he didn’t want to be traded, and just wanted a raise this season. […]

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