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HemiEd
02-16-2007, 04:22 PM
LAKE FOREST, Ill. Determined to keep one of the NFLs top defenses intact, the Bears on Friday designated Lance Briggs as their franchise player, guaranteeing him a one-year contract for $7.2 million, the average of the top five highest paid linebackers in the league. The 6-1, 240-pounder was due to become an unrestricted free agent March 2.


Lance Briggs led the Bears with 117 solo tackles this past season.
Briggs can sign an offer sheet with another NFL team, but the Bears would have the right to match the deal. If they chose not to match the offer, they would receive two first-round draft picks as compensation, a stiff price that most clubs are generally unwilling to pay for any free agent.

The $7.2 million tender Briggs would sign with the Bears is guaranteed for the first time in accordance with the NFL's new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

In 2006, Briggs set a career high with 176 tackles and was selected to his second straight Pro Bowl. He led the Bears with 117 solo tackles while ranking second with 10 tackles-for-loss and nine pass break-ups. A consensus first-team All-Pro in 2005, the weakside linebacker was a second-team All-Pro selection this past season.

The skys the limit when it comes to Lance and his abilities, defensive coordinator Ron Rivera said in December. Last year he just scratched the surface and I think this year hes the same way. Hes scratching the surface a little bit more each time and I think its just a matter of time before he becomes a perennial Pro Bowl player.

Briggs has not missed a game since joining the Bears as a third-round draft pick in 2003 out of Arizona. This past season he reached double digits in tackles in a career-high 12 games while leading the team in tackles eight times, tying him with fellow linebacker Brian Urlacher.

While Urlacher garners more attention, Briggs has developed a reputation among teammates and opponents as one of the best linebackers in the league.

I think for me, as far as working hard throughout the years, Ive created a lot of respect from my peers and coaches and thats where it all starts for me, especially on this team, Briggs said last month while preparing for Super Bowl XLI. The guys that Ive played with, Ive earned their respect earning the starting job and taking it another step getting to a Pro Bowl. Now its going even outside of just the Chicago Bears.

HMc
02-16-2007, 06:07 PM
Good result for him. plenty of $ and he stays in chicago where he will continue to look good surruonded by that talent.

BigChiefFan
02-16-2007, 06:27 PM
176 tackles? Damn. I was hoping we might be able to pick him in FA, but the Bears shot that plan all to Hell, not that Carl would have pursued him anyway.

Mr. Laz
02-16-2007, 07:08 PM
wow

crazycoffey
02-16-2007, 07:10 PM
one less hope to have the rest of the offseason.

Deberg_1990
02-16-2007, 07:15 PM
Cato June is still available right??

StcChief
02-16-2007, 09:00 PM
Yet another non surprise.

JBucc
02-16-2007, 09:07 PM
Oh well. Looks like we'll have to sign Adalius Thomas instead.

beer bacon
02-16-2007, 10:13 PM
There is no chance we would sign him anyways. This is good. It keeps him out of the AFC.

Cochise
02-16-2007, 10:20 PM
If it were only one first rounder and not two, he might be worth it.

HemiEd
02-16-2007, 10:22 PM
Oh well. Looks like we'll have to sign Adalius Thomas instead.

I think he will get tagged next, but I hope not. He is my first choice anyway.

Buck
02-16-2007, 11:14 PM
Shitty **** A Damn

HemiEd
02-16-2007, 11:32 PM
Shitty **** A Damn


All you need is a coach. Dan Reeves!!!!!!!!!!!

Buck
02-16-2007, 11:33 PM
All you need is a coach. Dan Reeves!!!!!!!!!!!

We're losing Edwards and probably Godfrey.

Miles
02-16-2007, 11:34 PM
All you need is a coach. Dan Reeves!!!!!!!!!!!

Dennis Erickson would work quite well there too.

HemiEd
02-17-2007, 07:41 AM
Dennis Erickson would work quite well there too.


I like it, maybe he could help make them go away for another decade.

Sorry BuckinKaeding, nothing personal.

jAZ
02-17-2007, 08:54 AM
Dennis Erickson would work quite well there too.
As a UofA fan, that would be funny as hell as DE is the new ASU headcoach.

Buck
02-17-2007, 12:06 PM
I like it, maybe he could help make them go away for another decade.

Sorry BuckinKaeding, nothing personal.

That sucks for you, because we probably won't be going away for another decade.

HemiEd
02-17-2007, 12:44 PM
That sucks for you, because we probably won't be going away for another decade.


Umm, 2 things you can pretty much count on. Marty losing in the playoffs and the Chargers making a splash about once per decade.

Brock
02-17-2007, 12:52 PM
Umm, 2 things you can pretty much count on. Marty losing in the playoffs and the Chargers making a splash about once per decade.

I can't wait until they hire Norv Turner.

Bowser
02-17-2007, 01:02 PM
I can't wait until they hire Norv Turner.

...says the Chiefs fan.

Heh. Me either.