The real test for any one in a position of power, is how that individual response in pressing situations. What we have here with Lance Briggs and his agent (Drew Rosenhaus) is an honest-to-god em-pass. However, this was expected (especially when dealing with Rosenhaus). The question that now remains is "how will Jerry Angelo handle this issue"?
To me the solution to this problem is simple, and goes like this:
- Briggs is not the only player who wants more money, but he's taking things a step further by asking for a trade now. The other players have continued their negotiations, some of which have reach a deal.
- Drew Rosenhaus is known for using such a tactic with clients that want more money, but it has only lead to more distraction.
- Furthermore (regarding Rosenhaus), when are some players going to wise-up and avoid this guy. His client list is rapidly becoming more like a "cesspool" of malcontents and Divas.
- If Lance was a true-bear like he claims, he'd be at the table negotiating instead of grabbing headlines.
- We have brought other LB into camp who have worked hard trying to make the team. These players are hungry, not greedy.
- Brian Urlacher is the real leader of our defense, and leads by example. He needs complimentary players that will work hard for the team, instead of trying to be "The Man".
- We could get significant value in return right now for Briggs in the form of an even better outside linebacker or DB.
- We've crossed this bridge before with Lance and his antics. It's time now (with an opportunity to get back to an NFC Title Game & to a Super Bowl) to part ways with Briggs and move on. This issue would only serve as a distraction if allowed to continue.
- Taking a good look around the league at the fans reaction, and other similar situations currently in motion. A contract dispute is something we can't afford to have smoldering like a wild-fire waiting to happen, especially after coming out of a 100 day plus "lock-out".
- Professional sports history has shown us that greedy players usually wind-up one-step forward, two-steps back (examples: Darryl Strawberry, Wilber Marshall, Eric Dickerson, and Deion Branch just to name a few). The great players like Payton, Jordan, and Brady just play ball, and every dollar their worth.
So what will it be? I just laid out 10 good reasons why this should be a "no-brainer" for Jerry Angelo. If Jerry wifs on this one, he's dumber than we all expected. MAKE THE TRADE JERRY!!!!!!!