On Friday, the Bears put LB Lance Briggs on the IR list due to an injury to the groin, and this 2014 season will probably be his last one with Chicago – something that wouldn’t come as a surprise to many fans or sportsbook software services.
Briggs, who played for 12 years in the league, suffered an injury to the groin during the second quarter of the team’s win over the Buccaneers on November 23, and this problem kept the player out of the loss to the Lions on Thursday.
During the Bears’ show on WBBM before the game, the team’s GM said that the player would be out of the meeting for a lengthy amount of time.
Briggs, who’s a Pro Bowler for seven years, and who has a contract set to end when the season finishes, doesn’t expect the team to make offer before he makes it to the free agency market.
“It’s the last year of my deal. It’s not like I’m going to magically show up after this year, and they’re going to open the gates up for you,” said the player said on the 6th of November. “I’ve talked to my buddy [former Bears defensive end] Alex Brown. Those gates are closing, you’re a free agent. I know the reality of it, and I’m proud of all the years I’ve had here. It’s been great.”
Before he sat out of the meeting on Thursday, this season he ended up missing three other games after suffering an injury to the rib.
The LB has a base salary of $4.75 million, but probably won’t make the same if he was to play again for the team next year. When Briggs was asked if he believes that 2014 will be the last season that he plays in the league, he said “I don’t know”.
Briggs also saw that negotiations did not go well with Brian Urlacher, former Chicago teammate, who didn’t re-sign with the team before the season of 2013, and sportsbook software services saw that he retired from the game.
“I understand it. I understand this is probably my last year as a Chicago Bear,” said Briggs. “But for me, I just, I really enjoy my teammates, and it’s been unfortunate to watch from the sidelines because I want to see them find success.”