CHICAGO: IT’S NOT PERSONAL
Easy now, everyone. There’s no need to freak out over the [tag]Lance Briggs[/tag] saga, as it’s been labeled. It’s business, plain and simp.
There’s an element of honor involved here. The [tag]Bears[/tag] are playing by the rules. A player doesn’t like the rules, so now he thinks he can orchestrate his future.
Hmm. The rules also include being able to cut a player with a long-term contract. Does that seem honorable?
Blame Briggs and curse him because he doesn’t think $7.2 million is enough. Fine. But take into account the average length of an NFL player’s career and you see that this is probably the only long term contract he’ll ever sign. It’s his chance to get paid in full.
We’re not talking about Warrick Holdman or Rosie Colvin here. Briggs is a stud. Pro Bowl player with speed, toughness and a zeal for playing the game.
It’s pretty easy for Joe Blogger and Johnny Newspaperman (good friends of mine) to say Briggs should just take the one year salary bump and play. Suppose though that Briggs gets injured this year. Then what?
I don’t care for all the orchestrations. But he’s just trying to get the best deal for himself and do it while he still can. It’s nothing personal, Chicago.