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Lance Briggs makes his case on Twitter

Posted on: September 3, 2011 8:54 pm
BriggsPosted by Josh Katzowitz

You already know that Bears linebacker Lance Briggs wants to be traded after he asked for a raise and the club refused to do so. This isn’t the first time Briggs has shown unhappiness with his financial rewards from Chicago, and though the Bears gave him a six-year, $36 million deal in 2008, he still thinks he’s in an unfair situation.

Perhaps that’s why Briggs has taken to his Twitter account on a rant that began Friday and impressively extended into Saturday.

Writes Briggs (over many tweets): “Most have no idea what's goin on. Owners can cut any player they want at any time and answer to know one. Players fight for themselves … And get ridiculed. You know as well as I do there are things that happen behind doors that all the fans/critics dnt know about@mrileynupe … I keep reading that players (I) should honor our contracts...when have owners honored contracts...they dnt. Chris Johnson should never have … Had to hold out to get a new deal. His play spoke for himself. Yet team wouldnt just pay the man. Tommie Harris was honoring his contract … When the bears cut him right before his bonus. Cut Brandon Manumaleuna when he was just honoring his contract. … Players do what you must. People get hurt and emotional. I understand...bottom line were all still bears and were trying to bring home a championship.”

And more today: “You must also remember we are just players that help a fans favorite team win a championship. Once were not a part of that"@ChrisHarrisNFL … Any more, we become a thing if the past for many fans. who really gives a crap about players if they aren't helping the team win "@ChrisHarr.”

Though I can sympathize with Briggs, I also agree with what’s Ryan Wilson wrote: “In general, we support a player's right to ask for a raise because NFL contracts aren't guaranteed. But Briggs had no issue with the deal when he signed it three years ago. Just because other teams might overpay for their linebackers isn't reason enough for the Bears to do the same. Maybe that changes after the season, or perhaps Briggs will get his wish and be traded.”

Briggs has said he’ll continue to give 100 percent even if he’s not traded from Chicago. But he clearly is unhappy right now, and that probably won’t change unless he’s given more money or traded to another team which would.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Lance Briggs makes his case on Twitter

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Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 5:59 pm

Lance Briggs makes his case on Twitter

Players, when they are doing well, love to say they deserve more money. But how many players offer to return their paychecks when they perform poorly?

Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 4:55 pm

Lance Briggs makes his case on Twitter

Players such as Briggs forget what a privilege it is to be in the NFL. Many would say "a dream come true."

You see owners all the time extending contracts in reward to players efforts and being a team player. Also, just think how sad it would be for a team to sign a player to a 5 year deal and that player just cashes in instead of performing at a high standard. The system is right and if you don't like the situation your in then sit out and start a new career.  

Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: September 4, 2011 4:51 pm

Lance Briggs makes his case on Twitter

Well Mr Briggs you better show up every night and play your a$$ off after stating you want more money but will still play. Go out and play, show the Bears you deserve what you are asking for if not shut up and play out your existing contract!

And when it comes to what players of any sport do with there money; it none of any fans business. Stop talking about what these guys waste there money on and that there greedy, put yourself in the same situation and you would be wanting more money as well and feel like you deserve it.

Since: Aug 24, 2010
Posted on: September 4, 2011 4:26 pm

Lance Briggs makes his case on Twitter

As a Bears fan I love Lance Briggs as a perfect compliment to Brian urlacher. But enough is enough in 2012 FA or draft pick.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: September 4, 2011 4:17 pm

Lance Briggs makes his case on Twitter

Why doesn't Lance mention that his contract was front-loaded.  The majority of the money was in the first three years.  I believe it was 25 for first three and 15 for next 3.  Now that the front portion is over he wants more.  This was likely done at lance's request to prevent the Bears cutting him after a few years if his production declined.  Most contracts are back end loaded and teams will cut a player before the big payments kick in.  HONOR YOUR CONTRACT BRIGGS.  Dont say your underpaid now because you were overpaid in the prior 3 years.

Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: September 4, 2011 3:54 pm

Lance Briggs makes his case on Twitter


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