Bears' Affairs: The Ideal Solution for Lance Briggs, Chicago

Dustin Brown@drbbossCorrespondent IISeptember 2, 2011

CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 12: Lance Briggs #55 of the Chicago Bears celebrates a turn-over during the NFL season opening game against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on September 12, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 19-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

In the midst of mandatory roster cuts, team evaluation and the upcoming season speculation, a distraction had to make its way into the spotlight.

Lance Briggs, a starting ROLB for the Monsters of the Midway since 2003, has recently asked to be paid or traded. A simple solution to most turns into a fiasco for Bears fanatics. 

The six-time Pro Bowler was just signed to a six-year contract worth $36 million in March of 2008. Despite publicly criticizing the entire organization of the Bears and labeling himself a free agent, Jerry Angelo re-signed him. 

Now, Briggs is set to earn $3 million in salary this year. He wants his $6 million salary of next year to be moved to this year, under the assumption he is underpaid. 

Most Bears fans would agree that this is a childish, unethical move on the part of Briggs. He has three years left on his current contract and is already age 31. Personally, this move makes zero sense.

If Lance Briggs doesn't want to be a Chicago Bear, then so be it. Move on. There's no doubt that Briggs is an intricate part of Chicago's run-stopping defense and a valuable aspect of their Cover 2 scheme, but an organization of the Bears' caliber doesn't deserve distractions or disrespect. 

Former Seattle Seahawks' linebacker Lofa Tatupu is still a free agent. While it's known that Tatupu is injury-prone, there's no doubt that a career resurrection in Chicago could be likely. Tatupu is a 6'0," 250 pound tackle machine that has an enormous amount of potential.

There's a great chance that Tatupu could thrive in Rod Marinelli's defense. He's a younger linebacker than Briggs at age 28, and could replace Briggs without missing a step. Moreover, Chicago can focus on football and cease the worry of money and public distractions. Unless, of course, your last name is Forte.