Ditka: Bears Would Be Foolish to Give Briggs Contract Extension


A Reading from the First Letter of Ditka to Briggs

When the disciple Briggs called to Papa Bear for a new covenant, Da Coach got word of da blasphemy and struck him down on The Waddle and Silvy Show.

“You can’t do it,” Ditka said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” Monday on ESPN 1000. “I mean you just can’t do it. The Bears aren’t going to do it. Anybody in their right mind wouldn’t do it. If you do it, you’re a fool.”

Ditka said it would set a bad precedent for the Bears to give in to Briggs.

“To me, somewhere you have to draw a line in the sand,” Ditka said. “That’s my feeling. If every player who comes in and says they want a raise, you’re going to give him a raise? You’re going to run out of money.

“When you sign a contract, you have an obligation. It says, ‘OK, we’re going to pay you this much, you’re going to sign the contract.’ Now all of a sudden you play for a while the contract is no good anymore? Stop it. When the contract is over, then you go in and ask for a raise.”

Da Word of Da Coach

DAAAmen.

In case you’re new to the site, I’ve usually got my tongue firmly planted in my cheek when it comes to Ditka and these posts, but this time, I’ve got to agree with Da Coach.  Briggs is quickly becoming the Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bears.  He signs a contract and then cries about it before the ink is dry.  I know that the lifespan of an NFL player is short and they need to get paid what they can and when they can, but Briggs needs to shut up and play or his legacy here in Chicago will not be as a perennial Pro Bowler but as a crybaby bitch who refuses to live up to his word.

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  • sue7eleven

    @bearsbuzztap Totally agree. Stats don’t support any kind of raise…..

  • sue7eleven

    @bearsbuzztap Totally agree. Stats don’t support any kind of raise…..

  • Mr.Pickles

    I love Briggs, and the Bears need him more this year than any other, but it’s absurd to be unhappy with a contract that you’re only half way through and that you freely negotiated as a free agent. It would be hard to argue that he’s outplayed his contract and it really deserving of a raise.

    Bitching and moaning aside I do also have to wonder if this is another extension of front office incompetence. Perhaps I’m a bit off base but Forte and now Briggs looking for better contracts might be indicative that the players are concerned the McCaskeys won’t do right by them. Guys like Alex Brown and especially Olin Kreutz had pretty unceremonious exits, gotta wonder if there some dissension brewing.

  • Mr.Pickles

    I love Briggs, and the Bears need him more this year than any other, but it’s absurd to be unhappy with a contract that you’re only half way through and that you freely negotiated as a free agent. It would be hard to argue that he’s outplayed his contract and it really deserving of a raise.

    Bitching and moaning aside I do also have to wonder if this is another extension of front office incompetence. Perhaps I’m a bit off base but Forte and now Briggs looking for better contracts might be indicative that the players are concerned the McCaskeys won’t do right by them. Guys like Alex Brown and especially Olin Kreutz had pretty unceremonious exits, gotta wonder if there some dissension brewing.

  • RobSchwarzJr

    @Mr.Pickles I am not one to stand by this organization. However, they do have a history of paying their own. Lance Briggs has 3 years left on his contract and he really needs to shut his mouth. Maybe him and his agent should have demanded a better deal in the first place. Forte has a reason to want a pay raise and I don’t blame him at all. Pay the man and let’s move on!

    As far as Olin goes, I am not unhappy about the way they handled that at all. The guy wanted 4.5Million. The Bears offered him $4. He accepted what, $2 or $2.5? The Bears tried to do right by him. He can barely practice these days and in my opinion will not last more than a season or two. He has also become a low level Center in my opinion.

    Again, I despise the front office decisions 99% of the time. The money they spent last year was a waste besides Peppers. Peppers was a can’t miss signing and it seems Lovie should get more credit than Angelo for that one. They do not bring in the right guys at the right time and they typically overpay them. However, the one thing they do right is pay their own who have been a vital part of this organization. Alex Brown was an exception in my opinion, but Boomer just tweeted they released him, so why not bring him back for another stint in a Bears Uniform?

  • RobSchwarzJr

    @Mr.Pickles I am not one to stand by this organization. However, they do have a history of paying their own. Lance Briggs has 3 years left on his contract and he really needs to shut his mouth. Maybe him and his agent should have demanded a better deal in the first place. Forte has a reason to want a pay raise and I don’t blame him at all. Pay the man and let’s move on!

    As far as Olin goes, I am not unhappy about the way they handled that at all. The guy wanted 4.5Million. The Bears offered him $4. He accepted what, $2 or $2.5? The Bears tried to do right by him. He can barely practice these days and in my opinion will not last more than a season or two. He has also become a low level Center in my opinion.

    Again, I despise the front office decisions 99% of the time. The money they spent last year was a waste besides Peppers. Peppers was a can’t miss signing and it seems Lovie should get more credit than Angelo for that one. They do not bring in the right guys at the right time and they typically overpay them. However, the one thing they do right is pay their own who have been a vital part of this organization. Alex Brown was an exception in my opinion, but Boomer just tweeted they released him, so why not bring him back for another stint in a Bears Uniform?

  • flowermike

    sTats?? Briggs has arguably been our best defensive player for 5 years. So many people slagged him for the last contract dispute and what did he do? Pro Bowls. Makes huge plays everywhere on a team that had no line talent until Julius showed up… including no Urlacher.

    I’m not saying pay the guy…. but the obvious point is that the Bears are prone to mistakes and having Briggs on the team is not a mistake. Anything that questions this teams mismanagement and strategical hypocrisies is welcome news in my book.

    Now, did we release the wasted money named Chester taylor yet or did we take him back?

    Roy Williams is in town fleecing more money. I could go on and on.

    Lance Briggs makes plays and has a loud mouth. And look who he’s calling out. Let him get it off his chest.

  • flowermike

    sTats?? Briggs has arguably been our best defensive player for 5 years. So many people slagged him for the last contract dispute and what did he do? Pro Bowls. Makes huge plays everywhere on a team that had no line talent until Julius showed up… including no Urlacher.

    I’m not saying pay the guy…. but the obvious point is that the Bears are prone to mistakes and having Briggs on the team is not a mistake. Anything that questions this teams mismanagement and strategical hypocrisies is welcome news in my book.

    Now, did we release the wasted money named Chester taylor yet or did we take him back?

    Roy Williams is in town fleecing more money. I could go on and on.

    Lance Briggs makes plays and has a loud mouth. And look who he’s calling out. Let him get it off his chest.