The Chicago Bears agreed to a one-year contract extension with LB Lance Briggs. Briggs will be under contract through the 2014 season.
Selected to his seventh-straight Pro Bowl in 2011 after leading the team in tackles for the third time in four seasons, Briggs has garnered 1,286 career tackles, 74 tackles for losses, 10.5 sacks, 13 interceptions, 51 pass break ups, 14 forced fumbles, and eight fumble recoveries while starting 137-of-140 career games played for Chicago.
LB Lance Briggs
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He is just the fourth LB in franchise history to be selected to seven-straight Pro Bowls, joining Hall of Famers Dick Butkus, Bill George and Mike Singletary
“We’re very excited for Lance and for the Bears,” said general manager Phil Emery. “Lance has been a very valuable and productive member of our team; seven straight Pro Bowls is quite a record of success. This is a very positive step for our team in our efforts to win championships.”
Collecting 100-plus tackles for eight straight seasons, Briggs has lead the team in tackles in 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011 after finishing second in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010. According to STATS, Inc., Briggs leads the NFL in stuffs - a tackle of a rusher for negative yards - over the past nine seasons with 65.5. Since entering the league in 2003 as a third-round draft pick (68th overall) of the Bears, Briggs also leads NFL linebackers with three interception return touchdowns, which is tied for fourth most in franchise history.
In 2011, he paced the Bears in tackles (147) and finished third in TFLs (eight), while starting all 16 contests. Briggs also registered two forced fumbles, one interception and three pass break ups.
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