It appears as if the Bears and Lance Briggs are going to try and work out their differences, as agent Drew Rosenhaus has presented some new proposals to the Bears about getting Briggs back in the fold. While Rosenhaus was in Chicago wrapping up the five-year deal for first-round pick TE Greg Olsen, he gave the Bears some food for thought about Briggs. “We presented some concepts that we think will work for the Bears and for Lance,” Rosenhaus said in the Chicago Tribune.
It has been a stressful offseason between the Bears and Briggs, to the point where Chicago slapped him with the franchise tag when a new deal could not be worked out. The tag will guarentee him $7.2 mil for one season, much to the dislike of Briggs, who has been outspoken in wanting out of the Windy City. The talks between Rosenhaus and the Bears is the first sign of progress for quite some time.
Briggs has gone on record that he will not play for the Bears as long as he does not have a long-term deal in place. He has gone so far to say that he will sit out the first 10 games of the 2007 season. In order to get paid, Briggs would then have to play the final six games of the regular season. “People are misinterpreting the difference in getting Lance’s situation worked out versus other dealings,” Rosenhaus said. “It’s the franchise tag. That is just very difficult.”
The bottom line is that the Bears want Briggs in for the entire 2007 season, not just the last 6 games. They should and likely will have to ante up a big deal for the up and coming player, and between Rosenhaus and the Bears, look for Briggs to be in the loop once camp opens or shortly thereafter later this month with a fat, new contract.