In a move that could cause some confusion as to whether it has been written now or in 2007, Bears linebacker Lane Briggs once again has asked for a trade.
“The Bears made their decision, now I have to make mine,” Briggs told Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune. “It’s just how the business works. It’s not going to take away from what I do on the field.”
And then Briggs added a line that would make even Yogi Berra cringe: “I’m 100 percent a Bear, until I’m not a Bear anymore.”
Briggs is entering the fourth year of a six-year deal that he signed after hitting the market as an unrestricted free agent, and after insisting during a season of franchise-tag money that he’d never play for the Bears again. In 2008, he accepted a six-year deal from the Bears — and now he doesn’t like the last three years of it.
We’ve got no sympathy for Briggs. He knew what he was signing when he signed it. And he agreed to commit for six years in order to get the kind of up front money that he was only going to get with a contract of that duration. If he wanted to be free again after only three years, he should have signed a three-year deal.
Of course, the Bears can’t claim to be surprised by this. Briggs is merely doing what Briggs already has done.
“Who doesn’t want a new contract?” coach Lovie Smith told the Tribune. “All of us would want a new contract. But still, you go to work every day and do your job, and that’s what he’s doing. I have no complaints about him.”
Yet. Though Briggs claims that he’s still all in, how can he truly be all in when he has formally asked to be shipped out?