Dec. 18, 2011; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears outside linebacker Lance Briggs (55) takes the field before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field. The Seahawks defeat the Bears 38-14. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

Lance Briggs for Osi Umenyiora Trade Rumor

There was a little spark in the preseason and a slowly but quietly burning fire throughout the season.  Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun Times is adding fuel to that fire that is Lance Briggs’ status with the Bears.  Briggs came into camp unhappy about the $36 million contract that he had signed back in 2008 and there have been little jabs here and there from Briggs to remind everyone that nothing lasts forever.

With Phil Emery in place as the new Bears GM, this will be one of the top things he gets to tackle this offseason.  Do you pay Briggs or let him play out the last two years of his deal?  If you don’t pay him, does he hold out?

To trade Briggs for Osi makes a bit of sense, especially if you look at the contracts:

Briggs, 31, is scheduled to make $3.75 million in 2012 and $6.25 million in 2013, the final two years of a six-year, $36 million deal he signed in March 2008. Umenyiora, 30, is expected to make $3.95  million in 2012, the final year of an eight-year, $33.9  million contract he signed in 2005.

The Giants and Bears would have to upgrade the pay for both players to make them happy, but they might consider that because both teams could be postseason contenders next season.

All that salary cap money the Bears had is going to disappear in a hurry, especially if they go out and address the wide receiver position (or countless others) in free agency.

Can you imagine a defensive line with Umenyiora on one side and Peppers on the other?  This deal would be so much better if only the Bears had a decent linebacker to step in behind Briggs.  Remember a couple of years ago when it seemed like they were 5 deep at the position?

What do you think?  Should the Bears trade Briggs?  Would they be better off getting more draft picks for Emery or would a veteran like Osi make sense?

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  • Phil_X

    I say send Briggs to Miami straight up for Brandon Marshall. I know, it won’t happen, but I think you get rid of Briggs now while you still can get something for him. (Don’t let Emeruy pull an Angelo like he did with Olsen). Briggs is obviously a pain in the ass, even as good as he is. I don’t think the Giants trade happens either, but sure sounds good. But, as you mention, they need LBs and they need them badly.

  • Phil_X

    I say send Briggs to Miami straight up for Brandon Marshall. I know, it won’t happen, but I think you get rid of Briggs now while you still can get something for him. (Don’t let Emeruy pull an Angelo like he did with Olsen). Briggs is obviously a pain in the ass, even as good as he is. I don’t think the Giants trade happens either, but sure sounds good. But, as you mention, they need LBs and they need them badly.

  • UCF_Bear

    +1 Phil_X I like that Miami idea even better! But I say draft picks. I do understand that with the ages of Tillman, Urlacher and Peppers our window is literally next year or bust :( But if we’re building for the future then draft picks are the answer! I’d rather draft multiple times in the 1st – 4th rds and keep building for the future. I don’t want to loose all of our money in Free Agency. Also, as much as Briggs is becoming a distraction I really will miss the tandem of him and Lach! But I sort of understand where he’s coming from. He doesn’t want to live in Urlacher’s shadow for his entire career. Either way, Emery will get the right thing done for the team! BEAR DOWN!

  • UCF_Bear

    +1 Phil_X I like that Miami idea even better! But I say draft picks. I do understand that with the ages of Tillman, Urlacher and Peppers our window is literally next year or bust :( But if we’re building for the future then draft picks are the answer! I’d rather draft multiple times in the 1st – 4th rds and keep building for the future. I don’t want to loose all of our money in Free Agency. Also, as much as Briggs is becoming a distraction I really will miss the tandem of him and Lach! But I sort of understand where he’s coming from. He doesn’t want to live in Urlacher’s shadow for his entire career. Either way, Emery will get the right thing done for the team! BEAR DOWN!

  • flowermike

    I never understood all the anger at Briggs for his contract extension. It’s as if people aren’t watching the games.

    THen he signed the extension and was unhappy quickly… maybe should be mad at himself because it’s not a perenial pro bowler money deal. So the anger pushes to the “he signed a contract” mantra?

    Now Phil wants to send him off for a wide receiver who has failed expectations?

    Also, the idea that he doesn’t want to play in Urlacher’s shadow?

    It’s like you’re all channeling Jim Irsay and searching for rationalization.

    Bottom line is easy. Lance Briggs is an impact performer at a discount price. Big plays week in, week out. Sideline to sideline. It wouldn’t be unreal to say that he’s been our best player for 6 years. Yes, even with Urlacher.

    But worse Gentlemen, you’re all singing the company line and you know who wrote those lyrics?

    Jerry fucking Angelo.

    Like listening to Bush explain a war… you know you’re being lied to.

    Has Osi had reservations to Hawaii virtually every year? No.

    There are so many holes on this team and adding in 100 some tackles and many for a loss is crazy.

  • flowermike

    I never understood all the anger at Briggs for his contract extension. It’s as if people aren’t watching the games.

    THen he signed the extension and was unhappy quickly… maybe should be mad at himself because it’s not a perenial pro bowler money deal. So the anger pushes to the “he signed a contract” mantra?

    Now Phil wants to send him off for a wide receiver who has failed expectations?

    Also, the idea that he doesn’t want to play in Urlacher’s shadow?

    It’s like you’re all channeling Jim Irsay and searching for rationalization.

    Bottom line is easy. Lance Briggs is an impact performer at a discount price. Big plays week in, week out. Sideline to sideline. It wouldn’t be unreal to say that he’s been our best player for 6 years. Yes, even with Urlacher.

    But worse Gentlemen, you’re all singing the company line and you know who wrote those lyrics?

    Jerry fucking Angelo.

    Like listening to Bush explain a war… you know you’re being lied to.

    Has Osi had reservations to Hawaii virtually every year? No.

    There are so many holes on this team and adding in 100 some tackles and many for a loss is crazy.

  • http://[email protected] mcrann1

    I Have no problem with this trade, I’m tired of hearing Briggs crying all the time. Both of these players are going to get to restructure their contracts. Briggs has three to four years left to play. Urlacher has maybe two left, if Lovie left so would Urlacher, he is not going to learn the 3-4 even though the Bears play a variation of the 3-4 why should he has nothing to prove.

  • http://[email protected] mcrann1

    I Have no problem with this trade, I’m tired of hearing Briggs crying all the time. Both of these players are going to get to restructure their contracts. Briggs has three to four years left to play. Urlacher has maybe two left, if Lovie left so would Urlacher, he is not going to learn the 3-4 even though the Bears play a variation of the 3-4 why should he has nothing to prove.