The lockout is hurting everyone involved in the NFL financially, from players to free agents to front office staff. (No sign yet whether any of the owners have had to give up their private jets.)
Some players, though, are going to be hurting more than others. According to Clifton Brown of the Sporting News, Bears linebacker Lance Briggs says he saved money in anticipation of the lockout and can’t understand players who did not.
“We knew the lockout was coming for two years now,” Briggs said on WSCR in Chicago. “Everyone was instructed to prepare. Those guys that didn’t do that are going to get hurt, like they are. I have a good financial team and we’ve been preparing for this for a while. It’s not hitting me like it is a lot of other guys. I’m pretty comfortable in my living right now.”
Briggs’ contract includes a $250,000 workout bonus if he participates in voluntary offseason team programs. Players are currently barred from having any contact with teams under the current lockout. “I would certainly like to have my workout bonus,” Briggs told the Chicago Tribune earlier this week.
“It is definitely a lot of money. But this whole deal is bigger than my offseason workout bonus. I want to see the lockout end so we can get back to playing football, not just because I want a workout bonus. I don’t know how all of that is going to work out.”
Briggs says he is staying busy spending time with his family and working on various business projects.