After being unhappy for years about his contract situation while Jerry Angelo was the Bears' general manager, Lance Briggs signed a contract extension today in Phil Emery's first offseason as general manager. And Briggs made it clear that it was much easier to negotiate with Emery in charge:

"I'm grateful. I'm just very appreciative right now that the work has been recognized and that it (the deal) got handled as fast as it did. This is by far the least amount of time I've ever had (in talks) with the Bears," Briggs said.

Briggs also said that he knows he will retire a Bear:

"My dream is to retire as a Bear and I know that I will retire a Bear," he said. "I'm just excited right now. I'm so juiced that everything happened fast and I can focus on preparing for a championship."
The 7-time Pro Bowl linebacker is confident Bears will eventually reach a contract extension with Brian Urlacher as well:

"The Bears will do right by him," Briggs said. "He's coming off a great year. Hopefully we can play til we're 49 years old, if that's possible."

Good stuff all around.

Source: CBS Sports' Gene Chamberlain

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