The Bears signed Lance Briggs to a one-year extension Wednesday. This comes just a year after the linebacker requested a trade from Chicago if the team could not accommodate a boost in his 2011 and 2012 base salaries.
Briggs is an integral piece of the Bears defense, racking up seven consecutive Pro Bowl nominations. The eight-year veteran proved his 31-year-old body can still be a dominant force by leading his team in tackles in 2011.
Now that he’s locked up until 2014, it appears he will finish his career in the Windy City.
“My dream is to retire a Bear. And I know that I will retire a Bear,” Briggs said Wednesday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
While the extension of Briggs is a step forward in the Phil Emery era, the looming question of Matt Forte’s contract situation remains a pressing issue. It’s nice to know Briggs will likely be a Bear for life, but it would be even better if Forte were to don the Bears blue and orange for many years to come.