Briggs just completed his 12th and final season with the Chicago Bears. The Elk Grove, California, native grew up 1 ½ hours from Candlestick Park and was a 49ers fan.
Briggs, who turns 35 in November, said he strongly believes he can "still perform at an elite level" as he looks to continue his career. He played in just eight games last season before being placed on injured reserve with a groin injury.
According to statistics compiled by the Bears, Briggs surpassed 100 tackles in a season eight different times. In his career, he also has 16 interceptions, 15 sacks and five defensive touchdowns. Briggs is one of four linebackers in franchise history to be selected to seven consecutive Pro Bowls, joining Hall of Fame members Dick Butkus, Bill George and Mike Singletary.
49ers general manager Trent Baalke confirmed the team’s interest in Briggs when he spoke at the NFL owners meetings.