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Old 03-14-2007, 02:24 AM   #1
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Lance Briggs Wants Out of Chicago

ESPN.com - NFL - 'Looking for a fair deal,' Bears' Briggs may sit

He turned down 7 yrs., $33mil & wants to be "the man" somewhere. I don't see us going after him but the Danny may be tempted to work something out.

More likely, if the Bears look to trade him, it could impact our dealings w/Houston & Denver close to draft day. I imagine a lot of teams will be interested in him at a pretty high price.
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Old 03-14-2007, 03:05 AM   #2
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We traded up to draft Rocky in last years draft, we signed Fletcher to a $25M contract two weeks ago, we already have Marcus Washington, and if we signed Briggs this year without the Bears rescinding his franchise tag, he would cost us a minimum of $7+ million in '07. It's a non-issue. He is not even close to on our radar.

Denver has the fastest set of LB's in the league and hasn't been able to move Al Wilson, and Houston got themselves a gem in Demeco Ryans in the 2nd round last year. I don't see Briggs affecting our offseason at all.
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Old 03-14-2007, 03:55 AM   #3
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im not too sure about briggs. if i am not mistaken the dude had a breakout year after 3 so-so years and is now looking for a long term lucrative contract. not sure hes worth all of that money yet i'd have to see him in another year.
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Old 03-14-2007, 06:17 AM   #4
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Not playin another game in thewindy city huh.? He'd get just what he wanted out. He'd be watching the games from his 1000 inch HD plasma at home, minus about 7 mil! BIG BABY!
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Old 03-14-2007, 07:54 AM   #5
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he wants a market deal, but a market deal for a guy that refuses to play and sits out a year is NOT going to be 7years/33mill... he's already missed the big money too, so unless green bay wants him, there aren't a ton of options.
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Old 03-14-2007, 07:57 AM   #6
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We traded up to draft Rocky in last years draft, we signed Fletcher to a $25M contract two weeks ago, we already have Marcus Washington, and if we signed Briggs this year without the Bears rescinding his franchise tag, he would cost us a minimum of $7+ million in '07. It's a non-issue. He is not even close to on our radar.

Denver has the fastest set of LB's in the league and hasn't been able to move Al Wilson, and Houston got themselves a gem in Demeco Ryans in the 2nd round last year. I don't see Briggs affecting our offseason at all.
I would hope for the sake of fiscal discipline he's not on our radar.

As for other teams out there, there's no telling who might trade w/another team in the draft, 3-way trade, etc. We're starting to see how some free agent signings could impact the top picks in the draft, e.g. Cleveland signed J. Lewis. They may still draft A. Peterson but it's not as much the sure thing everyone thought a few weeks ago.
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Old 03-14-2007, 08:03 AM   #7
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i love briggs but dont want him on the redskins. does that make sense? too much money, and we dont need any more linebackers
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Briggs is a last-season type of move.
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I think this guy is a great LB but he also is a whinning little byotch! I don't want him here in DC with that kind of attitude and he certainly isn't worth more than $7mill a year he will get as a franchised player in 07.
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Old 03-14-2007, 09:43 AM   #10
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Just to play devil's advocate for a moment. When the Bears decided to franchise Briggs, they made it about money as do so many other teams when they franchise their players.

While it seems like he's crying over $7MM, he's really asking for what he believes he's worth. That figure sticks out to us because chances are, none of us make that figure. Furthermore, I think the thing that has rubbed Briggs the wrong way is the culture that exists within the front office of the Bears.
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I think this guy is a great LB but he also is a whinning little byotch! I don't want him here in DC with that kind of attitude and he certainly isn't worth more than $7mill a year he will get as a franchised player in 07.
I saw him crying like a little bitch on NFL Network yesterday. What a freaking baby. So his dumb ass is going to turn down a raise from 700k to 7 mill? Do some of these guys realize that these are the rules? If they don't like it do something else. I understand he wants a long term deal and he's frustrated but why take it to the media? He needs some diapers and a pass a fire.
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Just to play devil's advocate for a moment. When the Bears decided to franchise Briggs, they made it about money as do so many other teams when they franchise their players.

While it seems like he's crying over $7MM, he's really asking for what he believes he's worth. Furthermore, I think the thing that has rubbed Briggs the wrong way is the culture that exists within the front office of the Bears.
Then he can go do something else with his life. These are the rules of the NFL. No one is forcing him to play football. Leave the 7 mil on the table and retire.
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To be honest, I don't blame Briggs. I know a lot of people say that he shouldn't complain about getting a $7M salary when the average household income is $40,000, but that argument doesn't fly with me. The simple fact is that people try to get paid what they think they are worth, whether they are currently earning $15,000 per year, $150,000 per year, $1.5M per year, etc. I haven't met a single guy yet who has turned down a high paying job because they said, "ya know, I'm making a lot of money, but I'm not going to seek what I am worth because some households make a lot less than me."

Would Briggs be happy to get paid $7M per year? Of course. But he understandably doesn't want to sign a $7M 1-year deal, suffer a career-ending injury, and never play another down when the market suggests that he should be entitled to about a $15M SB on a 7-year deal worth $45M.
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To be honest, I don't blame Briggs. I know a lot of people say that he shouldn't complain about getting a $7M salary when the average household income is $40,000, but that argument doesn't fly with me. The simple fact is that people try to get paid what they think they are worth, whether they are currently earning $15,000 per year, $150,000 per year, $1.5M per year, etc. I haven't met a single guy yet who has turned down a high paying job because they said, "ya know, I'm making a lot of money, but I'm not going to seek what I am worth because some households make a lot less than me."

Would Briggs be happy to get paid $7M per year? Of course. But he understandably doesn't want to sign a $7M 1-year deal, suffer a career-ending injury, and never play another down when the market suggests that he should be entitled to about a $15M SB on a 7-year deal worth $45M.
I agree with you 100%. But these are the rules of the NFL. Teams have a right to tag you. You don't see Asante Samuel crying to the media do you? Players need to realize this and not take it personal. The worst thing to do is go cry to every media outlet about making 7mil. That is what probably pisses off the fans that pay his salary. These are everyday working people who would love the chance to make 7 mil. It doesn't mean a long term deal can't be worked out. It's only March. They have several more months to get something done before the season starts.
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To be honest, I don't blame Briggs. I know a lot of people say that he shouldn't complain about getting a $7M salary when the average household income is $40,000, but that argument doesn't fly with me. The simple fact is that people try to get paid what they think they are worth, whether they are currently earning $15,000 per year, $150,000 per year, $1.5M per year, etc. I haven't met a single guy yet who has turned down a high paying job because they said, "ya know, I'm making a lot of money, but I'm not going to seek what I am worth because some households make a lot less than me."

Would Briggs be happy to get paid $7M per year? Of course. But he understandably doesn't want to sign a $7M 1-year deal, suffer a career-ending injury, and never play another down when the market suggests that he should be entitled to about a $15M SB on a 7-year deal worth $45M.
This is what I'm saying here. If you remove said dollar amount frm the equation, it takes on a different light. Everyone is looking at the amount and justifying their argument based solely on that.

The Bears were at the table with this guy a year ago and things broke down on both sides. They knew the following year that the franchise tag was an option. In essence, they've used the rules to work in their favor. So one could possibly say, well, they stalemated talks with the intent of franchising the guy from jump street.
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