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  • JA will not trade him unless someone is coughing up a 1st rounder. PEROID.

    JA wasn't born yesterday.. A lot of people around the league thought Briggs should have gotten some DPOY consideration. This is an elite player, not just a good player.

    37 + Briggs for #12 is fair on both ends IMO.

    Briggs or Willis? Assuming Buffalo wants a LB in the first.. This is a pretty weak LB class IMO.. It's a no brainer to me.

    Briggs is proven and still very young. The Buffalo connection is there. Last year on draft day the two teams made a trade together.

    In the end I don't think Briggs is moved, and there's absolutely no way he walks away from $7.2M.

    John Abraham who had serious durability concerns picked up a 1st rounder last year. You guys who are offering Mid/Late 2nd round picks are absolutely out of your mind.

    When did that John Abraham trade go down last year? Was it around this time of last year?

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    • hjit fit great in the giant scheme, him and antonio pierce are great friends.

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      • You can't say that the Bears hold all of the leverage in this. You have to look at it from both sides. The Bears see it as Briggs can play and get his money or he can sit and not collect a dime. Briggs sees it as the Bears can trade him and receive compensation for him or they can let him sit at home and get nothing for him. I don't see how letting Briggs sit at home and not play for the Bears helps the organization. It's not like the Bears are in a win-win situation like a lot of you are suggesting. Guess what, if Briggs doesn't play than neither side wins.

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        • If I'm Marv Levy(i'm a Bills fan), I dont care what is on the board at 12. I would make that deal in a heartbeat trading # 12 for 31 and Lance Briggs. Briggs is the best player you can get in the draft. Maybe eventually someone down the road would be a better player for Briggs but the Bills desperately need an attacking LBer that can make plays in the opponents backfield.

          I dont care if Calvin Johnson is sitting on the board at 12 i'm more then willing to STAY in the 1st round and pick up and all pro LBer in the process. Bring on pick 31 if Briggs is coming Buffalo's way.

          Then the Bills could take a CB in the first round such as Revis, Houston or others and work from there. I would be a happy Bills fan if that happened.

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          • Originally posted by njx9
            but the bears can still franchise briggs next year and the year after (if i understand right). they could, essentially, tag him until he's no longer able to play football, meaning that if they don't need the tag and don't feel like whatever compensation they can get will help, they can let briggs rot on his couch.
            briggs can retire this year and come back next year cant he..? if they did that they would be the most classless pieces of garbage on the planet .
            Last edited by hugepunch; 03-12-2007, 11:44 PM.

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            • Originally posted by njx9
              but the bears can still franchise briggs next year and the year after (if i understand right). they could, essentially, tag him until he's no longer able to play football, meaning that if they don't need the tag and don't feel like whatever compensation they can get will help, they can let briggs rot on his couch.
              Yes, they can in fact do that. I still don't understand how that helps the team though.

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              • He could also do what Branch threatened to do, play just enough games to be eligible for FA again, making them pay for him and not total production

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                • How about the number 31 and briggs for the no.14?

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                  • Originally posted by njx9
                    no more and no less than briggs himself would be.
                    yea how is that? because chicago is nickel and diming briggs?

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                    • Originally posted by njx9
                      *shrug* if they don't feel that whatever is offered in trade seriously helps the team, they might be willing to sit on briggs. moreso because it's unlikely he'd spend the next seven years sitting at home. eventually he'd report to get paid. i don't think it's necessarily logical, but were i an owner, and i didn't think that i was getting anything of proper value in trade offers, i would have no problem sitting on a holdout player until he was no longer able to play.
                      The Bears would be fairly stupid to do that, he could wait a year, then sign the franchise deal. Then they are paying a ridiculous ammount for a LB whos been out for a year.

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                      • Originally posted by njx9
                        but the bears can still franchise briggs next year and the year after (if i understand right). they could, essentially, tag him until he's no longer able to play football, meaning that if they don't need the tag and don't feel like whatever compensation they can get will help, they can let briggs rot on his couch.
                        And continue to waste significant portions of their salary cap (which would increase each year) for spite?

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                        • Originally posted by njx9
                          how in the HELL are you going to call 7 million for one year "nickel and diming"? do you have any vague concept of what that places him at in terms of LB salaries around the league?
                          did he get a huge signing bonus?

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                          • Originally posted by njx9
                            he's getting 7 million guaranteed for a single year of play. if he forces them to continue franchising him, he'll get MORE than he would with some backloaded contract. again, how is this difficult to understand? are you just being obnoxious because you want him on the giants and he just has to be traded because he said so and no other alternative is acceptable? or are you at least trying to think about this logically?
                            THATS HALF what he would receive in guaranteed money in a long term deal what dont you understand?

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                            • Originally posted by njx9
                              they could also trade him at that point. if the value sucks, the value sucks. i don't see any reason why they have to trade him rightthisinstant just because they can get a 7th round pick and a roll of quarters for him (metaphorically speaking, of course).
                              Once he signs, can't he not be traded, I kind of remember someone saying that when Abraham was tagged last year? The salary cap ramifications would probably be big aswell.

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                              • The reason he is doing this is simple, the possibility of injury. If he gets injured and misses a good amount of time this year, then no way will he get as much $$$ as he would have this year. Its basically as simple as that. HE wants to force a trade get a long term deal done this year after being a Pro-Bowler and appearing in the Super Bowl.

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