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Briggs Approaches Bears About a Pay Raise

Bears linebacker Lance Briggs confirmed that he recently approached the Bears about a pay raise, although he declined to elaborate on the matter. Briggs, who missed his second consecutive exhibition Saturday night with a knee bruise, said the injury and his contract stance are unrelated. He vowed to be back on the field when healthy.

When approached Saturday evening about Briggs’ situation, Bears general manager Jerry Angelo declined to comment. He obviously isn’t too thrilled with Briggs’ request.

Briggs has made it clear he will demand a trade if he doesn’t get a new deal before the season ends. The Bears are about $19 million below the salary cap.

When he had contract issues in 2007, Briggs went public and vowed never to play for the Bears again before signing a one-year, $7.2 million franchise tender. The Bears and 49ers apparently discussed a trade that season. Subsequently, the 49ers were found guilty of tampering with Briggs and were penalized with the loss of their fifth-round draft pick and had to swap their third-round spot with the Bears.

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3 Responses to “Briggs Approaches Bears About a Pay Raise”

  1. bob says:

    Sports are just about the only business I know of that make their employees salaries public. Constantly causes issues when some player in the league gets paid then all the rest want raises. Briggs contract looked good last year. This hold out for pay raise thing with players is getting old. Just because some team around the league signs a super high priced contract doesnt mean every player in the league can start renegotiating theirs. I like the way Forte has handled things and hope they get that done soon. He is in different situation tho cuz coming of rookie contract and looking for 1st pay day.

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