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The Bears Den: September 6, 2011

"...where your complaints will fall on deaf (B)ears."

Briggs details recent request to be traded | Larry Mayer: Lance Briggs, who wants the Bears to sweeten the six-year, $36 million contract he signed in 2008, explained to reporters why he asked for a trade last week.Briggs on his future

Undrafted rookies just getting started | Larry Mayer: For Dane Sanzenbacher and the other undrafted rookies who made the Bears roster, it was a great accomplishment, but only the beginning of what they hope is a long journey.

Teammates not bothered by Briggs' trade request - Vaughn McClure: Lance Briggs' Bears teammates don't seem bothered by the linebacker's trade request, and two don't think it will affect how he plays.

I was on pins and needles pretty much the whole time, but a bunch of us were, so we were just hanging out following WCG on Twitter.

Five undrafted Bears rookies move up with the big boys - Vaughn McClure: Sanzenbacher: 'It's like "OK, congrats, now it's time to get focused and get ready for Atlanta"'. Briggs: Gets clean slate with Bears.

Bears' secondary a primary concern - David Haugh: Move to shore up defensive backfield confirms Angelo skittish about team's ability to stop pass.

Safety bet: Brandon Meriweather might be Bears’ best gamble - Chicago Sun-Times When safety Brandon Meriweather arrived at Halas Hall on Monday, he came with two Pro Bowl selections on his resume but one very large red flag: Bill Belichick didn’t want him. It’s a legitimate point because Belichick is an astute judge of ability who doesn’t miss often.

Meriweather quickly fitting in with Bears | Devin Hester heaped praise on his former Miami teammate and new Bears addition Brandon Meriweather and Chris Harris had a little fun with the former Patriot after practice Monday, reports CSN's John 'Moon' Mullin. Video: Mullin explains Briggs situation.

Deaf ears for Briggs' complaints - NFC North Blog - ESPN Kevin Seifert: NFL salaries are as much about timing and strategy as they are about rewarding skills or past production.

Briggs clumsily defends his case for a new contract | ProFootballTalk Mike Florio: When a player has outperformed a slotted rookie contract, it's easy to support his quest for a new deal.  When a veteran while on the open market signs a multi-year deal and complains with half of the contract remaining, it's hard to feel sorry for him.

Forte will play out his contract year - Bears GM Jerry Angelo announced Monday night that the team has shut down contract extension talks with Matt Forte.

Don't hate Lance Briggs for trying to get what he can out of the Chicago Bears - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN Greg Couch: Why is Briggs holding the Bears hostage? Because he can.

Key Matchups: Bears vs. Falcons | NBC Chicago | Grizzly Detail The player battles that will decide the season opener at Soldier Field when the Atlanta Falcons come to town.

Breaking down five early Week 1 matchups | National Football Post Matt Bowen: Julio Jones vs. the Bears Tampa 2, Boldin vs. the Steelers and more.

For the Ryan Brothers, it isn’t about the laughs right now - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports Kristian Dyer: This time with the anniversary of September 11th and their father's public battle with cancer, the comedy is being rolled back.

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