BOURBONNAIS IL - JULY 30: Lance Briggs #55 of the Chicago Bears talks with Brian Urlacher #54 during a summer training camp practice at Olivet Nazarene University on July 30 2010 in Bourbonnais Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
So it turns out, if you stop publicly complaining about things (and ask for reasonable amounts), the Chicago Bears are more than willing to get your deals worked out.
Last summer Lance Briggs asked for a re-worked deal, as he was entering the loss monetarily-productive section of his contract. This promptly got him laughed at by many, including readers of this site.
New comes today, though, that the Bears have locked Briggs up through 2014. Per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune:
#Bears take care of Lance Briggs issue, give perennial Pro Bowl LB a 1-yr contract extension through 2014.
No financial details have been released yet, but it's not unreasonable to assume there's some kind of signing bonus to help him be UPDATE: 3 years, $17.5 million for Briggs, per ProFootballTalk
Oh, and perhaps Matt Forte will figure something out from it.
Perhaps he'll see that this team will work with you, if you can be reasonable. That the team values the players that they see as stars of their franchise. That the squeaky wheel won't be replaced if it can be just a little more quiet about things.
Or maybe he won't. Either way, the Bears took care of another loose end. What's next?