Briggs says he wants to stay with Bears but won't rule out looking elsewhere Print
Written by Admin   
Wednesday, 19 December 2007 13:43
NFL Headline News

 LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -Lance Briggs spoke in such glowing terms it was hard to believe he once vowed never to play again for the Chicago Bears. Then again, the Pro Bowl linebacker didn't rule out the possibility of trying on another uniform.
Briggs and the Bears already had one heated contract negotiation, and he's about to become an unrestricted free agent.
``I know I've definitely given my heart to Chicago and I wouldn't trade it for anything,'' Briggs said. ``I've had the best time. I've never been around a city that's so in tune to their team. It's been amazing. It's been a great ride.''
But is it ending?
nts the best deal possible.
``I have a lot on the line,'' Briggs said. ``The next play, you could get hurt. You could go from a person who could potentially make $50 million to a person that's going to end up making $30 million, which is a lot of money. But potentially, you could have made a lot more money. You want to maximize this business because you don't know when your last day is going to be.''
He hopes he can get that deal without changing addresses.
``I can see myself in a lot of uniforms,'' Briggs said. ``But honestly, I can see myself in a Chicago uniform if things work out that way, which I hope they will.''
It's a sharp turn for a player who once vowed never to suit up for the Bears again after they slapped the franchise player tag on him last offseason. That made it virtually impossible to leave as a restricted free agent and infuriated Briggs.
He vowed never to play again for them, then said he would hold out 10 games.
He also told them to remove the franchise tag or trade him, but the only deal he got was with the Bears.
Briggs accepted the franchise tender offer of $7.2 million just before the start of training camp after the team agreed it would not put the label on him after this season, meaning he'll become an unrestricted free agent. He also got a $1 million bonus.
Once he reported, Briggs started a media boycott that he interrupted - briefly - when he addressed reporters after crashing and abandoning his Lamborghini alongside a highway in the middle of the night in late August. He answered one question that day, did not speak to reporters again until October and had little to say until Wednesday.
His latest comments came on the heels of the Pro Bowl selection and a report in the Chicago Sun-Times this week that he's being sued by the mother of his 3-month-old baby for support.
If Briggs' time with the Bears is ending, he's not going quietly. And if his issues away from the field are a deterrent, his play is not. Briggs has 127 tackles, second on the team to Brian Urlacher's 138.
Yet, the Bears could be in for an overhaul once this disappointing season ends.
A long line of injuries and poor play on both sides of the ball left the defending NFC champions with a 5-9 record and no shot at the playoffs heading into Sunday's game against Green Bay.
The once-dominant defense was a mess.
The offensive line suddenly looked old this year, Cedric Benson found no room to run, and quarterback Rex Grossman struggled.
Now, the Bears have decisions to make. So does Briggs.
Grossman and his main deep threat, Bernard Berrian, have expiring contracts. So does special teams star Brendon Ayanbadejo, who made his second straight Pro Bowl.
``It gives me a lot of leverage to bargain with,'' Ayanbadejo said. ``But I feel like I'm a part of the legacy here and what this special teams unit has done. If I left, I don't know if I'd be the same player if I was somewhere else.''
Briggs said it's ``not for me to decide'' if the Bears need to make personnel changes, and he has no regrets about how he handled negotiations after last season.
``The business side is the business side, and when it comes to the offseason and the business, I'm going to handle it in a business fashion,'' he said. ``That's just a part of the game. That's just the way the business goes.''
 

NFL Team Pages

Top NFL Public Bets

#1 453 Dallas Cowboys 87%
#2 467 Indianapolis Colts 81%
#3 460 New Orleans Saints 80%
#4 462 Cincinnati Bengals 73%
#5 457 Houston Texans 71%
#6 463 Baltimore Ravens 71%
#7 479 Chicago Bears 71%
#8 471 San Francisco 49ers 68%
#9 478 Carolina Panthers 65%
#10 465 Green Bay Packers 64%
View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

NFL Futures

NFL TEAM CONFERENCE ODDS CURRENT
DENVER BRONCOS 8/5
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 12/5
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 4/1
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 11/2
GREEN BAY PACKERS 7/1
CINCINNATI BENGALS 7/1
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 8/1
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 9/1
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 10/1
CAROLINA PANTHERS 12/1
View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com