Time Runs Out For Briggs To Sign Multiyear Contract

The only deal Briggs can sign is the franchise-tag offer of seven-point-two (m) million dollars not that the deadline passed.

Upset that the Bears slapped him with the franchise-player tag in February, Briggs threatened a holdout. At first he said he would stay out the entire season. He later changed that to 10 games so he could report for the final six to qualify as serving one year as a franchise player.

The franchise tag made it difficult for Briggs to market himself to other teams. The Bears have the right to match any offer sheet he signs. If they chose not to match another offer, the Bears would get the other team's first-round draft picks in 2007 and 2008 as compensation.

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