Briggs: Bears players, management not on same page

Posted Oct. 19, 2011 @ 12:29 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Bears are coming off a win in Week Six, but all is not well at Halas Hall.

With several Bears players unhappy with their contract situation and overall treatment from management, two veteran defensive players — WLB Lance Briggs and SS Chris Harris — have requested to be traded within the past two months, with Harris issuing his request just a day before Tuesday's trade deadline. RB Matt Forté considered holding out of training camp if the Bears didn't offer him the contract extension he was seeking, but he reported on time and is growing more frustrated with no new deal in place.

During the taping of a Comcast Sportsnet show Tuesday night, Briggs said that the bickering over contracts "takes away from wanting to go out on the field and just play."

"I don't know about where we are right now, in the past things worked themselves out," Briggs said. "There's a transition going on right now in Chicago. Players and management are not seeing eye to eye. I don't know where it's going to go or pan out, especially for a guy like Matt Forté."

Briggs is signed through the 2013 season and Forté is in the final year of his rookie deal. Forté, who leads the league in yards from scrimmage, has a salary of $600,000 this season.

"I think it takes away from wanting to go out on the field and just play," Briggs said. "Football careers are not like normal careers. Very short, could end on any given day. It's a league about what have you done for me lately. And for (players) it's about getting what you can while you can."