LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Disgruntled Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs wants out of Chicago, saying the Bears should remove his
franchise player tag or trade him.
General manager Jerry Angelo had a message for Briggs on
Tuesday: The Bears are expecting him to play with them this season,
with a one-year, $7.2 million deal, the average of the top five
salaries at his position.
"We feel that we're treating him very good. That's a lot of
money he's making on a one year-deal. The strain really comes to us
in terms of our cap and what we have to do for a one-year deal."
Angelo said he had no calls about Briggs from other teams.
"Most of the times when you franchise a player they don't get
traded," Angelo said. "We will always listen to anything that we
feel will be in our best interest. But when we did this, it was
with the intent for him to a Bear this year."
Briggs and the team could not come to agreement on a contract
extension last spring -- reports say he turned down a six-year, $33
Briggs has made his unhappiness known in a couple of interviews,
one with ESPN.com and another with a Chicago radio station in which
he said "I'll do everything that's within my power to not be with
"What it really comes down to, it's not about the money. It's
about you've played long enough and you think you've earned a
certain position on the team that you would be here for a long
Briggs said the Bears have no intention now of working out a
long-term deal to keep him.
"We did go to Lance in the spring to try to do a long-term
deal. So that was our intent as it has been with other players that
we had under contract before their contracts expired," Angelo
"We gave it what we feel are our very best efforts. We thought
we put a very good deal on the table. And we also told them that
the option of the franchise tag was there and they decided to pass
the deal up and play it out. We certainly have to respect that. And
we also told them that we were going to move on."
Briggs, who's been selected to two Pro Bowls, just completed his
fourth season with the Bears and was a third-round draft choice out
of Arizona in 2003.
Briggs made $721,600 last season when he led the Bears with 117