Briggs asks Bears for permission to seek trade



CHICAGO (AP) — Unhappy with his contract, Chicago Bears Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs tells the Chicago Tribune he is seeking permission to look for a trade.

Briggs says the Bears “made their decision, now I have to make mine” and that he’s “100 percent a Bear, until I’m not a Bear anymore.” He says agent Drew Rosenhaus has filed a formal request to seek a trade.

A six-time Pro Bowl pick, Briggs has three years left on a six-year, $36 million deal and is scheduled to make $3.9 million this season, including bonuses. He recently approached the Bears seeking a raise, but management apparently is not budging. Chicago has about $19 million in cap room.

Rosenhaus did not return a message from the Associated Press on Friday. The Bears had no comment.