Originally posted on Sports Mockery  |  Last updated 1/31/14
Chicago Bears Football - Could the Chicago Bears have a Lance Briggs trade on the horizon? It certainly looks that way. GM Phil Emery mentioned Briggs’ unhappiness and frustration in a December interview, and now that the Bears will be moving Shea McClellin from the defensive line into a role as strongside linebacker — which is Briggs’ position –, the veteran linebacker’s days with the Bears could be numbered. Everything seems to be adding up to a Lance Briggs trade. Good for Chicago? The question most fans will be hotly debating is “whether or not such a trade is good for the Bears”? It is no secret that Lance Briggs was the best player on the defensive side of the ball, despite missing seven games with a shoulder injury, but how much left does he have to offer? Even if he is getting old, Briggs was playing at a Pro Bowl level before his injury, he is still a very attractive player to other teams. Also, unloading Briggs’ contract would mean freeing up much-needed cap space for additions on the defensive line and safety positions. Briggs is aging, as all of us do, and is coming off a shoulder injury. His stats did not translate to that which they were before the injury. And since football is a business, this could mean he will be playing for another team in 2014. What Could the Bears Gain? This is what a possible trade boils down to. Without delving too much into it, the Bears need three defensive positions filled desperately: safety, defensive tackle and middle linebacker. Given the availability of these positions in free agency, and the cap space the Bears have, trading an outstanding player like Briggs may be the best option. In a perfect world you would want two good players for one great one, but realistically, you will get one good player and some draft picks. This might not be such a bad thing for the Bears though. The ‘Monsters of the Midway’ we have enjoyed watching these past few years have grown old, and we haven’t seen much good youth depth coming in to replace them. So getting a few good draft picks could help bring that young talent in. How Versatile is Lance Briggs? Could it just be that the Bears want to move Briggs to the middle linebacker position? Probably not. Briggs has made it known that he doesn’t feel comfortable commanding the same position former teammate Brian Urlacher did for so long. So expect Briggs to continue to occupy his same position for the rest of his career. Is Brian Urlacher Right? Recently on ESPN 1000′s Waddle and Silvy, former Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher made remarks about the team seemingly wanting to dismantle former head coach Lovie Smith’s defense. Although it might not seem true at first, Urlacher could have a point when you think about it. After offering Urlacher himself an “insulting” deal, the Bears are now seemingly wanting to part ways with Charles Tillman, Devin Hester, Major Wright, and Henry Melton as soon as this off-season. All Lovie Smith players, all possibly on their way out. Maybe Urlacher does have a point and Briggs could be gone before we know it. __________ Photo(s): ESPN; ChiCity Sports; Zimbio Author informationCasey JonesFeatured Columnist at Sports Mockeryjust bout dat action bossTwitterFacebookGoogle+The post Lance Briggs Trade Coming? appeared first on Sports Mockery.
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