Report: Briggs Wants Out

CHICAGO (CBS) — Bears linebacker Lance Briggs wants to be traded, and has filed a formal request to make that happen, according to a published report Friday morning.

The Chicago Tribune reported in its print edition Friday that Briggs’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, had filed the request for a trade.

The Tribune’s Vaughn McClure quoted Briggs, “The Bears made the decision, now I have to make mine,” and that “it’s just how the business works.” He says until he is traded, he will remain fully committed to the game on the field, the Tribune report said.

The Bears did not have any comment on the issue Thursday, according to the Tribune.

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.

“I am not asking to be traded, nor do I want to be traded. I love it here. I am a Chicago Bear,” Briggs told McClure in the Sunday report.

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 on Sunday. “And I do act as a voice when I have an opportunity to do so. I’ve been that way all my life.

  • Tim in PA

    He needs to make up for that crashed Lambo a few years back.

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  • Denver Deadite

    What a deutschebank.

  • Jeremy Carnahan

    Just play, Lance. Show them that you’re still worth every dime and someone will pay it. Until then be a man and live up to the contract that you signed, you know, your word. Otherwise your word is worthless, I don’t care how good you are on the football field.

  • vetdana

    Why does anybody sign a contract if they think it means NOTHING ? He wants a raise….so do I….good luck and hope you find another sucker employer.We all know what your word means….NOTHING at all.!!

  • Nick Chicago

    Don`t you just love a person who dosen`t honor his word,all PRO athlete`s make to much money !!!!

  • mike in davenport

    The only thing that irritates me about this is that Briggs is a good player, and the Bears can’t really afford to lose him right now.

    I have zero sympathy for the owners, who basically pulled the same stunt on everyone this last year.


      I kind of agree with you Mike in Davenport. Had he done this secretly, he might have gotten a ton of goodwill (which is being squandered).
      Did the Cubs owe Kerry “let’s try the Yankees” anything? No, but Wood learned that it isn’t about the contract, it’s about the next 40 years.
      Briggs could’ve been a lifer. He’ll have to shine for the next team that signs him.
      Maybe, he is good enough. Ray Lewis is, what, 62?

    • GO Southside

      He was offered a franchise tag player contract the last time he had a contract offered to him.(that was the year Brain was out for the whole year) and he didn’t want it. F-HIM. He will never be satisfied so cut the strings.

  • el yaqui

    This generation’s Wilbur Marshall.

  • GO Southside

    @ El Yaqui Atleast Wilbur was a champion. This guy is a whinnie baby. He is not even a Pimple on Wilburs behind.

    Get rid of this colostmy bag. He is and will always be a distraction. He is not a teammate.

  • CFLC

    Goodbye, bye him for what he’s worth and sell him for what he thinks he worth.

  • gary s.

    why should the bears pay him more? he signed a contract to earn a certain sum. if he did not play well, would he refund some? no. so why is he entitled to more than is in the contract? if these athletes think they are always going to be worth more, perhaps they should only sign one or two year contracts.


    Lance you have 5 kids with 5 different women you are not bright. Seven to ten years after fooball you will be broke. You have no brains to know how to invest money. These women got you for long time. The coaches should have included contraception methods when teaching you football plays.This is why you need more money, these women are nagging you already and you will not play well again.

  • plmbch24

    The funny thing about this guy is this………… probably doesn’t matter if he gets more money now or later. He’ll be broke either way within 10 years of being out of football. Good luck ” Lance Einstein”………………..

  • Rick Williams

    Go ahead and whine to the millions of unemployed people how 36 million is not enough money you spoiled rotten child!

    In general, the NFL players have the worse contracts. They can be cut and out on the street at any time. Therefore the contracts have to be front loaded because of the salary cap. It would be better for everyone if they did not have to front load the contracts and could guarantee the money over the length of the contract..

  • Robert

    Yet another cry baby millionaire athelete. Trade him! Bye! Bye!

  • bob

    Ive lost a lot of respect for LB. He was my favorite player, but no more. Is no team player. Wants to reneg his deal 1 week before the season begins? Says he will give 100% on the field, well duh? You are getting paid $3.6 this year and 2 more at $6+ more. Man you are 30, almost 31 and that is old for a linebacker. He will be 33 when the deal is done. If I were owner, I would do everything in my power to rid myself of you………….

  • Phillippe Bustos

    The fact that he already filed for a trade means he wants out. Briggs only cares about making more money than playing for the Bears. I feel disgusted that I recently bought a 55 jersey.

  • Val

    Knew we should have drafted some linebackers………..

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