Briggs tells Bears he wants more money

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Bears linebacker Lance Briggs, who signed a six-year, $36 million contract with the team in 2008, now wants to rip up the final three seasons of the deal.

Briggs confirmed to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune that the veteran linebacker has approached the team regarding a raise.  G.M. Jerry Angelo declined to comment.

The player’s desire for more money apparently arises from the wave of new deals given to linebackers in recent weeks.

It’s not the first time Briggs has been unhappy with a contract that he signed.  He complained about a one-year, $7.2 million franchise tender in 2007, at one point claiming he’d never again for the Bears.  He then signed his current contract with the Bears after becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2008.

Along the way, the Bears talked to the 49ers about a possible trade.  The Bears accused the Niners of tampering when San Fran launched contract talks with Briggs.  The league eventually agreed with the Bears, a rare case of the NFL acknowledging a common (but largely ignored) phenomenon.

Though Briggs has no legitimate basis for complaining about the back end of a veteran contract that he signed after hitting the open market (unlike a guy who is strapped with a slotted rookie deal), the Bears have only themselves to blame for signing Briggs to a six-year deal.  They surely knew that, at some point, other linebackers would be getting larger contracts.  And they should have realized that, at some point, Briggs was going to want more, again.

Birggs has missed the two most recent preseason games, with a bruised knee.  He says that the injury and his desire for a new contract aren’t related.

56 responses to “Briggs tells Bears he wants more money

  1. Again with this guy. He’s always crying about something. Must need a new Lambo. Make him play out the season and try to get a fourth or fifth rounder for him. His best is behind him.

  2. I think ALOT of Briggs’ problem is the very questionable moves the bears have made. He probably sees the wheels falling off the bus and is looking for an escape. Plus, who in their right mind would want to play at Shi**y…i mean Soldier Field 8 freakin games a year? That place is a blown mcl/acl just waiting to happen and Briggs isn’t exactly a spring chicken anymore

  3. You can only cry wolf so many times before every one stops listening. Chris Johnson’s situation makes sense, especially at that position. But when you complain about every contract you’ve ever signed, that’s you and your representatives fault for not negotiating a better deal.

  4. Usually I can see the side of the player in these contract disputes, what with non-guaranteed deals, high injury risks, short careers and such.

    This time though………………..

  5. Your logic makes no sense, to simply what you’re saying… “The Bears should have known that Briggs is a greedy moron who a few years into his deal wouldn’t care that he signed the contract and would want more money, so they shouldn’t have signed him at all.”

    This is the problem with players like Osi who are talented athletes but below-average intelligence. If they want the long-term security of a contract then they’re giving up the ability to renegotiate for market rate every year or two. Teams get that, and sometimes players get hurt and those contracts become albatrosses around the team’s neck for years paying a guy who can’t get on the field like he’s a ProBowler.

  6. Either Briggs is a dumb ass or just an ass. I’m sick and tired of this guy pissing and moaning ever other year. If you don’t sign a six year contract, you wouldn’t have this problem ever two years. Jeeezze, trade the guy already. He is never happy. I say send him anywhere we can get at least a second rounder for him. Time to take his cry-baby act somewhere else.
    And Lance, don’t sign anything other than a two year deal and take your hankies with you.

  7. the Bears have only themselves to blame for signing Briggs to a six-year deal. They surely knew that, at some point, other linebackers would be getting larger contracts. And they should have realized that, at some point, Briggs was going to want more, again.
    Why doesn’t Briggs have himself to blame? He could have signed a shorter deal. This isn’t a 1st contract player. CJ deserves a better deal because he is a star player stuck in a slotted contract but is going about it wrong. I see nothing wrong with asking for a raise, especially since the teams frequently ask players to renegotiate a new/lesser contract. If Briggs starts holding out or his injury proves to be a ploy rather than a legit injury then he moves into the greedy jackass category alongside CJ.

  8. elwaysbrain says:Aug 28, 2011 2:36 PM

    I’m gonna pull this move on my employer tomorrow. I’ll let you know how it turned out.
    I suspect you won’t do too well since they can always get any bum off the streets to work the fries.

  9. well he seen it worked for Urlacher so why not… not to mention bears still have about 19 million to spend he has dont pretty good for a third round pick you know what ur going to get from the guy

  10. reed380 says:Aug 28, 2011 2:33 PM

    Then why did you sign a 6 year deal!?


    More upfront money. The longer the deal the bigger the signing bonus. Then 2 or 3 years later they conveniently forget the millions of dollars of upfront money they got and cry about their salary for that year. Players who get large upfront signing bonuses should not cry about their contracts later.

  11. kreutz, taylor, now briggs? sounds like Bears have locker room issues probably with management.? i see an internal implosion coming b4 season even starts. distractions the ultimate equalizer in NFL. enjoy being cellar dwellers.

  12. No sympathy for Briggs. None at all.

    If you want the security of a long-term deal, you have to sacrifice some financial upside. To take the guarantee and then whine when other guys get more money is piggish.

  13. What he should say is “I want LESS money.” Either way, he’d get paid the same, but he wouldn’t look like a crybaby.

  14. Briggs got $23M of his $36M contract over the last 3 years, so now he’s crying about averaging only $4m over the next three.

    he’s a good player but let him cry, I wouldn’t pay him

  15. “kreutz, taylor, now briggs? sounds like Bears have locker room issues probably with management.? i see an internal implosion coming b4 season even starts. distractions the ultimate equalizer in NFL. enjoy being cellar dwellers.”


    Kreutz is done; Taylor is their 3rd string back; and while Briggs is a starter, every team has guys complaining about something or another. How do you see that as an internal implosion?

    The Bears won’t be cellar dwellers as long as McNabb/Ponder/Webb are calling the signals in Minny. Enjoy!

  16. In these situations, most fans tend to ignore something: from the owner’s perspective, EVERY NFL CONTRACT IS A ONE YEAR CONTRACT. Makes no difference how long a player is signed for, if he gets hurt, or underperforms, he may get lucky and only have to take a pay cut. Otherwise, poof, he’s gone. Fans turn on overperforming players, shouting, “where’s the loyalty?!” when this is what players are asking.

  17. In NFL contracts, the first 3 years of a six year contract benefits the player and the last three benefit the team. Technically, because of the injuries, teams take on much more risk.

  18. Interesting that it seems like more than half the guys who complain about their contract seem to have an injury around the same time that:

    1. keeps them off the field


    2. is hard to prove(i.e. “hamstring”, groin injury etc.)

    A curious synchronicity indeed.

  19. Why do players sign these lucrative deals after there rookie deal then ask for money two years into the deal based on free agent deals that were made or extensions that were made on top of the front loot they got for signing

  20. Football contracts are very much like any other employment contract, except it’s worth millions instead of the measly pay us normal folk get.

    For example, I sign a offer letter with a company for a certain salary and accept this pay. The company has every right to let me go if I’m not performing up to their expectations. Now I also have the right to quit if i’m not happy. I also have the right to ask for a raise if I feel I deserve one, but that does not mean they have to give it to me. As much as people want to say that the players and owners are partners, this is not the case. They are the employer and can let you go. Briggs doesn’t like what he signed, then go look for other employment somewhere else.

  21. mcnabbulous says:
    Aug 28, 2011 3:56 PM
    Owners rip up contracts and release players all the time. I think players have every right to to the same.

    You would do best not to talk about things your brain can’t understand. If the players think they should have that right, then they should get it put in the contract. The fact is the players have made the decision to accept the contract with certain gurantees and pays them upfront bonus money in return for the risk of being cut at a later date. If the owners didn’t honor the contract as written, then the owners would be getting sued left and right.

  22. hateonjags says:
    Aug 28, 2011 5:59 PM
    I bet if we asked our employer for raise,we would get cut

    I have asked for raises and never been cut. I have actually been given raises, but have also been respectfully declined too!

  23. Good luck chiseling more money out of the Bears there Lanceboy…let me know how that works out for ya! Maybe you could join Mr. Kreutz in New Orleans…he wasn’t happy either.

  24. Apart from the signing of Peppers, Briggs has been the best on the Bears D. Without even a shred of doubt. Pay the man. The weak linebacker in the Cover 2 has a huge responsibility, we need him.

  25. Another post deleted. No curse words. Sigh.

    All I said was that a guy has a right to ask his TEAM for a raise and that I realize that we “fry cooks” “toilet cleaners” etc. , as the patronizing cadre on here like to call people with regular jobs, aren’t comparable to even a marginal NFL player leverage wise.

    That said I don’t care to hear any of them whining to the media and therefore us fans and I have considered going to the twitter account of any of them who do and whining about my paycheck since they have as much ability to increase my take home pay and responsibility to pay my salary as I do theirs.

  26. mmm….really?……who doesn’t? guess what…shut up & play or hold out and not get paid.

    It does sound like DeAngelo, Bears, & Co. have some disgruntled empoyees & $. possible mutiny?!

  27. “the Bears have only themselves to blame for signing Briggs to a six-year deal.”

    Blame? They should pat themselves on the back. He’s the idiot who signed a contract he’s no longer happy with.

  28. Usually I take the player’s side (like with Chris Johnson), but this situation is different. Briggs got a front-loaded deal, and now wants a new one during the light back-end of the deal? That’s pretyy sleazy.

  29. Some of you fans really need to get a better understanding of contracts. The signing bonus is the amount an owner has agreed to pay a player as long as a player doesn’t take steps to back out of his commitment. If the owner decides he no longer wants the player, the player still keeps that amount, the owner can only get that money back if a player refuses to play without a qualifying reason. The rest of the money in a contract is what a owner has agreed to pay a player as long as he performs up to the owners standards. A player could negotiate a guaranteed contract, they just wouldn’t recieve as much money up front. Players have decided they would rather have their guaranteed money up front and so in the NFL they don’t have guaranteed contracts. So the contracts are two sided. As long as the player does what he is contracturally obligated to he will receive the negotiated amount of guaranteed money. If the owner breaks the commitment, he still has to pay the player the guaranteed amount. If the player breaks the commitment then he has to pay the owner back a portion of the guaranteed money. If there is no guaranteed money then either party can break the commitment without owing the other one anything.

  30. I hate that he’s going about it this way but he has a point.

    He’s been in the ProBowl each of the last SIX years, lol.

    He’s been the MOST CONSISTENT on this defense. Even better than Urlacher who was hurt a couple seasons.

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