Lance Brigg’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, formally asked the Bear’s front office for permission to seek a trade, because Lance Briggs wants a new contract and more money. So far the Bears have said nothing on the trade issue, and did not give him any more money.
Briggs had this to say to the Chicago Tribune, “The Bears made their decision, now I have to make mine,” Briggs said. “It’s just how the business works. It’s not going to take away from what I do on the field. I’m 100 percent a Bear, until I’m not a Bear anymore.”
Briggs has 3 more years on his contract with the Bears, and is set to make $3.9 million dollars this year, $4 million next year, and $6.5 million the year after that.
Briggs asked for a new contract after seeing younger linebackers were getting more money than him.
Coach Lovie Smith had this to say about the situation, “If a guy has something that he needs to do, then he can deal with it off the field,” Smith said. “As far as how I see him, I just see him coming to work every day, like he has done. Lance Briggs has to get ready for the football season, which he has done.
“Who doesn’t want a new contract? All of us would want a new contract. But still, you go to work every day and do your job, and that’s what he’s doing. I have no complaints about him.”
The last time Rosenhaus went to the the Bears looking for a trade, tight end Greg Olsen ended up being sent to the Panthers for a third-round pick.