Briggs’ new contract worth $17.5M

Lance Briggs‘ new contract with the Bears includes over $8.25 million in new guarantees, and richly rewards the linebacker for his work with the team. A year after requesting a trade, and at a time when linebackers have been struggling mightily to get significant contracts on the open market, Briggs secured a strong deal from the Bears thanks to his agent Drew Rosenhaus.

Briggs was set to make $4 million this season and $6.25 million in 2013, with his future with the Bears beyond 2012 seemingly somewhat in doubt. Under the new deal he will make $6.25 million guaranteed in all in 2012 ($3 million signing bonus, $3 million base salary and $250,000 workout bonus). In 2013 he makes $5.75 million, total, with $1 million coming in a roster bonus, $4.5 million base salary ($2 million of which is fully guaranteed) and $250,000 workout bonus. In 2014 he would make a total of $5.25 million. So the deal is worth a total of $17.5 million over three years and is essence guarantees Briggs will be with Chicago through 2013.

New general manager Phil Emery continues to make strong moves to restore good will with the locker room — something that was an issue under the prior regime — and now must resolve the Bears’ final major lingering issue — getting Matt Forte off the franchise tag — which sources say he won’t sign anytime soon — and getting him signed to a long-term deal.

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