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Taylor, Briggs both unhappy with Bears

Posted on: August 28, 2011 4:58 pm
Edited on: August 28, 2011 5:00 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

The Chicago Bears have plenty to worry about in 2011 -- namely, as Pete Prisco wrote Sunday, making sure their offensive line keep Jay Cutler upright.

Add to the list of concerns: the happiness of linebacker Lance Briggs and running back Chester Taylor.

According to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune, Taylor was informed by running backs coach Tim Spencer just before the Bears game Saturday (a 14-13 loss to Tennessee) that he wouldn't be playing against the Titans. Taylor didn't sound thrilled about the news.

"Yeah, I'm disappointed,'' Taylor said. "I'm practicing all week thinking I'm going to play. Just for them to come out of the blue and say that, yeah, I'm disappointed."

Taylor's seen a reduced role since the team signed Marion Barber this past offseason, but didn't get action even when Barber left with an injury. Instead, Kahlil Bell got 11 carries, turned them into 48 yards and beefed up the possibility that Taylor could be cut.

Briggs doesn't have the same issue, but his concern -- money -- is much more problematic for Chicago, considering that the 30-year-old linebacker isn't as expendable as Taylor.

Per McClure, he approached the Bears requesting more money on a deal that already has three years remaining, primarily because of the large number of linebackers (A.J. Hawk, Jon Beason, Thomas Davis, Lawrence Timmons, to name a few) who received big contracts this offseason.

McClure also notes that Jerry Angelo, when asked about the possibility of giving the linebacker a raise, "obviously isn't too thrilled with Briggs' request."

And it's likely that he'll be less thrilled if Briggs demands a trade in the event he's not handed any more money, as McClure believes he will. (The linebacker has apparently "made it clear" that such a demand is coming.)

It's possible the Bears could consider giving him more cash, but given his age and injury concerns (he hasn't played in the last two preseason games because of a knee bruise) and, most importantly, the three years left on his deal, it seems relatively unlikely.

Especially when you consider all the issues Briggs had with his last contract, which came a year after he made a serious stink about signing his franchise tender and never playing for the Bears again.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:51 pm

Taylor, Briggs both unhappy with Bears

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 12:05 pm
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Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:40 am
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Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: September 6, 2011 2:21 pm

Taylor, Briggs both unhappy with Bears

is that lance or is it tommie harris? i watched lance briggs get burnet all game by dallas clarck in the super bowl.. he aint that good get off his dick

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2011 2:14 pm

Taylor, Briggs both unhappy with Bears

Why should the Bears give a guy with 3 years left on his contract a new deal?  No one held a gun to his head to sign the last deal.

Also, he is getting older, somewhat injury prone, and those other players are significantly younger.  Let him demand all he wants, the bears have a veteran defense, so his whining and moaning won't affect them.  Now, the lack of an offense, which will keep the D on the field all day, now thats a problem that will hurt them.  

The Taylor deal was idiotic from the get go...but if Barber is hurt, then why did we now just cut Taylor? 

I have a feeling it is going to be a long year.  And it should be interesting watching Olsen become an All Pro TE in Carolina now that he doesn't have Martz to deal with. 

Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: August 29, 2011 12:51 pm

Taylor, Briggs both unhappy with Bears

The thing about Lance Briggs is that he does have some leverage with this request. The reason being that if you actually watch the Bears when Lance plays as opposed to when he doesn't, their defense just doesn't play as well or look the same. Lance is the center piece in that defense that gives Urlacher the free range to make the plays that he does by taking on 2-3 blockers on some plays. He'll get paid weather it's in Chicago or elsewhere!!!

Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: August 29, 2011 12:26 pm

Taylor, Briggs both unhappy with Bears

Please don't leave Mr. for you Taylor...don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya!

Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2011 4:20 am

Taylor, Briggs both unhappy with Bears

Agree... And just as soon as the OWNERS agree - and STOP PAYING right smack-dab in the middle of contracts THEY signed, but jsut dont "value" the player as musch so they just DONT PAY.  Then Briggs and the others will have to PLAY BY THE RULESM OF THE CONTRACT - because its WHAT THE OWNERS ARE DOING.

Get it?

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2011 3:12 am

Taylor, Briggs both unhappy with Bears

Lance Briggs told the 49ers he wanted to play for them, but changed his mind and the Bears found out. Briggs denied ever wanting to play for the 49ers and they got punished for tampering. (just how do you tamper by talking to a free agent is beyond me). Briggs and the hapless Bears deserve each other. 

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: August 28, 2011 10:08 pm

Taylor, Briggs both unhappy with Bears

Maybe Taylor could go back to the Vikings?

As far as Briggs go.....good luck with that.

Bears finish 3rd in their division.

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