The Bears and weak-side linebacker Lance Briggs agreed on a one-year extension on Wednesday. The seven-time Pro Bowler's contract with the Bears now runs through 2014.
In September, Briggs requested a trade after being unhappy the Bears hadn't given him a raise. There's no details yet on the money involved with this extension, but we can obviously assume that the money offered pleased Briggs, and he ultimately agreed to extend his deal with the team for another season. We can also assume that there will now be no more threats of holdouts from Briggs.
The hard-hitting linebacker will be 32 in November, but is still playing at a very high level.
In 2011, he had a team-high 147 tackles, eight tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and one interception. The three-time All-Pro had 100+ tackles in seven of the last eight seasons, and has been remarkably durable, missing only four out of 144 games in his nine-year career.
General manager Phil Emery had this to say about the Briggs extension:
“We’re very excited for Lance and for the Bears. Lance has been a very valuable and productive member of our team; seven straight Pro Bowls is quite a record of success. This is a very positive step for our team in our efforts to win championships.”