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bearsfan_51
07-25-2007, 11:53 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2948213

Sounds like the same deal Nate Clements agreed to last year.

I'm actually suprised that Briggs might agree to do this before training camp, rather than waiting it out and signing by the 3rd week of preseason and collecting the same amount of dough. Don't mess with Jerry Angelo.

dabears10
07-25-2007, 12:01 PM
I still like Briggs as a person. I think this shows he likes his team and teammates and just disagrees with how the front office does business. I think he just went about it wrong.

P-L
07-25-2007, 12:02 PM
Well the Bears told Briggs that they would not use the franchise tag on him next year if he signed the one year tender and did not hold out. It's a good move for both sides. The Bears will have him for one season with another shot at a Super Bowl and Briggs can leave after the season and get paid.

SFbear
07-25-2007, 12:04 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2948213

Don't mess with Jerry Angelo.

Ain't it truth.

Props to you for calling Briggs not missing a single game. I really thought he was going to let the stubborness and righteous indignation keep him off the field until week 10. But the money wins out in the end. I should have known better. Him showing up for training camp does show that he cares about the success of team though so I give him props.

Splat
07-25-2007, 12:05 PM
I knew there was no way the guy was going to walk away from seven million no way.

DaBears9654
07-25-2007, 12:09 PM
Call me a conspiracy theorist if you like, but I think Rosenhaus was brain-washing him.

bigbluedefense
07-25-2007, 12:53 PM
Is this really a surprise?

Lance Briggs had 2 options. Make money, or don't make money. Which one you think he's gonna choose?


I still feel however that Chicago dropped the ball not trading him. They have capable backups to replace him, plus he's basically gone after this year. They couldve used the Skins draft pick to get a guy like Amobi Okeye or even Laron Landry. I think that wouldve been better for them long term than having Briggs for one more season.

NY+Giants=NYG
07-25-2007, 12:55 PM
So in the end a statement like, I will not play for the bears again, wont bite him in the butt?

bigbluedefense
07-25-2007, 12:57 PM
So in the end a statement like, I will not play for the bears again, wont bite him in the butt?

Nope, because fans are forgiving, especially when they hear that a star talent on their team will be available for the upcoming season.

Look at Terrell Owens. Dallas fans couldn't stand him. Hated his guts for doing what he did to the star. Oh wait, whats that? He's a cowboy now? Wohoooo! *buys TO jersey*

Thats how fans are. We're fickle. All we ultimately care about is winning.

Smokey Joe
07-25-2007, 01:26 PM
This is good. Our Defense won't get any weaker with Briggs at Will and it will give another year for Okwo and Williams to mature and eventually take over. Briggs will get paid after next season and the Bears will get hopefully 3rd round consideration from him. Might not be as much as the Bears could have gotten this season, but it will be worth it if Briggs helps win the Superbowl.

PalmerToCJ
07-25-2007, 01:32 PM
Can't say this surprises me at all, for some reason I felt like Briggs would be the one to cave in.

Samuels I'm not so sure on...

Flyboy
07-25-2007, 02:14 PM
Nope, because fans are forgiving, especially when they hear that a star talent on their team will be available for the upcoming season.

Look at Terrell Owens. Dallas fans couldn't stand him. Hated his guts for doing what he did to the star. Oh wait, whats that? He's a cowboy now? Wohoooo! *buys TO jersey*

Thats how fans are. We're fickle. All we ultimately care about is winning.

So, so true. I'm sure as soon as Briggs makes an INT and runs it in for a TD or makes a huge goal-line stance the fans that can't "stand him" will be cheering their asses off.

NY+Giants=NYG
07-25-2007, 02:21 PM
Nope, because fans are forgiving, especially when they hear that a star talent on their team will be available for the upcoming season.

Look at Terrell Owens. Dallas fans couldn't stand him. Hated his guts for doing what he did to the star. Oh wait, whats that? He's a cowboy now? Wohoooo! *buys TO jersey*

Thats how fans are. We're fickle. All we ultimately care about is winning.

yeah, but I guess as a former business student, if someone burns their bridges like that I would hold them to that regardless. So basically an athlete can say whatever, and in the end go back to status quo and everything be fine? I dont know if I would be happy with that if I am management. Once someone says that I would hold them to that, and move on from there.

bsaza2358
07-25-2007, 02:26 PM
You can consider football a business, but it's a little different than real life. You have to look at your team as a product, and having this component makes your product better. You sell more things and get higher ratings from your consituents with Briggs there. There's the interpersonal relationship aspect and the pure production aspect. Sports franchises and contracts are very intricate.

Vince Lombardi
07-25-2007, 02:28 PM
Might not be as much as the Bears could have gotten this season, but it will be worth it if Briggs helps win the Superbowl.

Unless Briggs is taking over the QB position from Sexy Rexy, don't count on it. http://209.85.62.26/6072/85/emo/silver13.gif

bsaza2358
07-25-2007, 02:33 PM
Defense wins championships, or so I'm told. Fact is, the Bears with Briggs are better off than the Bears without him. As a defense, they are more dangerous with him on the field than they are with him holding out. That is independent of the QB situation.

Geo
07-25-2007, 02:33 PM
So in the end a statement like, I will not play for the bears again, wont bite him in the butt?
It's not like Briggs has badmouthed his teammates, the city, or the Bears fans. He either wanted the Bears front office to pay him accordingly or allow him to get to the open market where he would get paid accordingly. Don't forget that he's been playing at a Pro Bowl level for two years now and still has been paid according to the rookie contract he signed as a 3rd round pick.

Granted, I don't think he handled the situation well until now. His demands weren't going to change the reality of the situation of the franchise player designation, and the Bears aren't going to franchise him two years in a row (too costly) anyways. If anything, I think Rosenhaus supported him although he would have handled the situation differently.

Geo
07-25-2007, 02:37 PM
Defense wins championships, or so I'm told. Fact is, the Bears with Briggs are better off than the Bears without him. As a defense, they are more dangerous with him on the field than they are with him holding out. That is independent of the QB situation.
Briggs is the best 4-3 WILL in the game imo, having already taken the crown from an aging Derrick Brooks.

TitleTown088
07-25-2007, 02:49 PM
I suspect Jerry and Briggs arguments went a little like this...
Jerry-Mr. Son Of A *****, let's play some cards.
Lanny-I 'm gonna raise. 1000 straight.
Jerry-very aggressive. A new day, and you won't be pushed around. But I reraise -- 5000.
Lance-What'd you say?
Jerry-Your money, I am still up twenty grand from this last time I stick it in you...
Lance- This son of ***** -- all night, he check check check. He trapped me.
He beat me...straight up. Pay him...pay that man his money.
Jerry-It hurts doesn't it? Your hopes dashed, your dreams down the toilet. And your fate is sitting right besides you.

Nice sig BF51. You have to learn the new lingo up er now. I'm from Minneesoooota , I play Hoooockey,and I like the Goooolden Goooofers. Also, you'll have to start drinking Grain belt Premium. Too bad I'll be in Rome until Christmas, or I'd show you the ropes. By the way.... you never told me what part of SD you visited.

Moses
07-25-2007, 02:57 PM
Briggs is the best 4-3 WILL in the game imo, having already taken the crown from an aging Derrick Brooks.

It seems like all of the elite LBs play in a 3-4 system nowadays. A.J. Hawk and Ernie Sims are two up and comers who will give Briggs a run for his money sooner rather than later.

SFbear
07-25-2007, 03:00 PM
I suspect Jerry and Briggs arguments went a little like this...
Jerry-Mr. Son Of A *****, let's play some cards.
Lanny-I 'm gonna raise. 1000 straight.
Jerry-very aggressive. A new day, and you won't be pushed around. But I reraise -- 5000.
Lance-What'd you say?
Jerry-Your money, I am still up twenty grand from this last time I stick it in you...
Lance- This son of ***** -- all night, he check check check. He trapped me.
He beat me...straight up. Pay him...pay that man his money.
Jerry-It hurts doesn't it? Your hopes dashed, your dreams down the toilet. And your fate is sitting right besides you.



So in this Rounders fantasy of yours, both Jerry and Lance are KGB? Weird. Packers fans and their unhealthy obsession with guys nick-named KGB.

Moses
07-25-2007, 03:01 PM
I suspect Jerry and Briggs arguments went a little like this...
Jerry-Mr. Son Of A *****, let's play some cards.
Lanny-I 'm gonna raise. 1000 straight.
Jerry-very aggressive. A new day, and you won't be pushed around. But I reraise -- 5000.
Lance-What'd you say?
Jerry-Your money, I am still up twenty grand from this last time I stick it in you...
Lance- This son of ***** -- all night, he check check check. He trapped me.
He beat me...straight up. Pay him...pay that man his money.
Jerry-It hurts doesn't it? Your hopes dashed, your dreams down the toilet. And your fate is sitting right besides you.

LOL. Nice.

TitleTown088
07-25-2007, 03:18 PM
So in this Rounders fantasy of yours, both Jerry and Lance are KGB? Weird. Packers fans and their unhealthy obsession with guys nick-named KGB.

It's not my fault all of Mike McDermotts's lines suck.

princefielder28
07-25-2007, 03:33 PM
It seems like all of the elite LBs play in a 3-4 system nowadays. A.J. Hawk and Ernie Sims are two up and comers who will give Briggs a run for his money sooner rather than later.

Funny thing is that they are all in the NFC North

Shiver
07-25-2007, 03:54 PM
It seems like all of the elite LBs play in a 3-4 system nowadays. A.J. Hawk and Ernie Sims are two up and comers who will give Briggs a run for his money sooner rather than later.

Julian Peterson says hello from Seattle.

Bearsfan123
07-25-2007, 04:09 PM
Julian Peterson says hello from Seattle.


and Urlacher, Briggs, Sims, Hawk, and Barnett (when hes not getting arrested) wave back ^_^

TitleTown088
07-25-2007, 04:14 PM
and Urlacher, Briggs, Sims, Hawk, and Barnett (when hes not getting arrested) wave back ^_^

When he's not getting arrested? He's been arrested once and hasn't even been convicted yet .I don't think Barnett is a guy whom people associate with character concerns. It was just a minor run in.

awfullyquiet
07-25-2007, 04:16 PM
It's a good thing.
Either way their making 8 million dollars.

The Dynasty
07-25-2007, 04:19 PM
Did see it posted anywhere so i thought i post it.

source: Pft.com

POSTED 4:13 p.m. EDT, July 25, 2007

BRIGGS DEAL NOT AS CLOSE AS ADVERTISED

A league source tells us that, despite a report in the Chicago Tribune suggesting that the Bears and linebacker Lance Briggs could soon be getting together on a one-year deal, an end to the offseason-long impasse between the two sides isn't as close as suggested.

Briggs, the Bears' franchise player under the CBA, has been tendered a one-year contract that is worth $7.2 million in guaranteed money, if/when he signs it. July 16 was the deadline for working out a long-term deal, but the Tribune reported that Briggs could be signing a one-year deal soon, which would give him a big chunk of the salary as a signing bonus and a promise that the Bears would not hang the franchise tag on him in 2008.

A reader has asked whether the Bears could remove the franchise tag and then sign Briggs to a long-term deal. We suppose that it's possible, but we're not so sure that the Bears would be willing to take the risk that an unrestricted Briggs would make a beeline for the Redskins.

Moses
07-25-2007, 04:21 PM
Julian Peterson says hello from Seattle.

They play a hybrid 4-3/3-4 I thought?

Shiver
07-25-2007, 04:39 PM
It's hard to evaluate Seahawks players when they play on the other side of the world.

The Dynasty
07-25-2007, 04:58 PM
According to NFLN he signed.

NGSeiler
07-25-2007, 05:02 PM
http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=3614

So I guess this means no holdout into the season...

TheChampIsHere
07-25-2007, 05:48 PM
Did see it posted anywhere so i thought i post it.

source: Pft.com

POSTED 4:13 p.m. EDT, July 25, 2007

BRIGGS DEAL NOT AS CLOSE AS ADVERTISED

A league source tells us that, despite a report in the Chicago Tribune suggesting that the Bears and linebacker Lance Briggs could soon be getting together on a one-year deal, an end to the offseason-long impasse between the two sides isn't as close as suggested.

Briggs, the Bears' franchise player under the CBA, has been tendered a one-year contract that is worth $7.2 million in guaranteed money, if/when he signs it. July 16 was the deadline for working out a long-term deal, but the Tribune reported that Briggs could be signing a one-year deal soon, which would give him a big chunk of the salary as a signing bonus and a promise that the Bears would not hang the franchise tag on him in 2008.

A reader has asked whether the Bears could remove the franchise tag and then sign Briggs to a long-term deal. We suppose that it's possible, but we're not so sure that the Bears would be willing to take the risk that an unrestricted Briggs would make a beeline for the Redskins.

yet again proving why I never visit PFT or take any of the rumors I hear from there with any merit...The deal is made official pretty much immediately after they report this.

Vince Lombardi
07-25-2007, 05:54 PM
An interesting little wrinkle in the deal:

More important, the Bears have agreed that they will not use a franchise marker in 2008 on Briggs, to again limit his mobility, provided that he participates in 75 percent of the defensive snaps this season.

If Briggs gets hurt, or misses a significant amount of playing time for some other reason, he could find himself right back where he just was; tagged by the Bears.

neko4
07-25-2007, 06:10 PM
Dont do it Briggsy!

SFbear
07-25-2007, 06:25 PM
Well good riddance to that whole circus. Now onto Rex Grossman...

sweetness34
07-25-2007, 07:48 PM
Per www.chicagosports.com the deal is done, and www.espn.com.

iowatreat54
07-25-2007, 07:52 PM
I don't understand how Briggs was demanding more money essentially than what the Bears are paying Urlacher...granted Urlacher's contract is way under what he deserves and I understand Briggs wanted to go onto the market to get the most $$ from any team...but did he honestly think that by trying to scare the Bears by "holding out" that they would pay him more than they are paying Urlacher? Personally, for that logic alone I wouldn't try it...

P-L
07-25-2007, 08:32 PM
Briggs deserves more money than Urlacher is making simply because the market has changed. Urlacher's contract is four years old. Urlacher makes only $6.2 million per year because his contract is so old. If Jerry Angelo offered Briggs less than $6.2 per year he probably would be laughed off the face of the Earth. You just can't compare what a contract [potentially] signed this year to one signed four years ago. The market has changed a ton in those four years.

iowatreat54
07-25-2007, 08:34 PM
Right, I understand that Urlacher's contract is ancient...but simply the fact that he wants to be paid more than the best player on the team just strikes me as ridiculous...but I understand it's not his fault Urlacher is greatly underpaid, but still

Bearsfan123
07-25-2007, 11:26 PM
When he's not getting arrested? He's been arrested once and hasn't even been convicted yet .I don't think Barnett is a guy whom people associate with character concerns. It was just a minor run in.

oh relax i was just taking a shot at him since hes a packer. I wasnt seriously stating anything. Plus look at it this way, I DID put two packers on the list. ^_^