Briggs wants to be dealt if he can’t get raise



LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Lance Briggs made it clear again he wants to be traded if the Chicago Bears won’t restructure his contract at some point.

A six-time Pro Bowl linebacker, he believes his days with the organization “are numbered” because management is unwilling to renegotiate his contract. He says he initially approached the Bears about a new deal after last season and went back to them recently, but the team is not budging with three years left on a six-year, $36 million deal.

Briggs is scheduled to make $3.9 million this season, $4 million in 2012 and $6.5 million in 2013.

Between Briggs’ contract demand and running back Matt Forte’s desire for a new deal, the Bears have some big issues hanging over them as they prepare for the opener against Atlanta.