1) Charles "Peanut" Tillman was recently signed to a six-year contract extension with the Chicago Bears. This event solidifies the cornerback in the already dominate defense of the team and will keep him until 2013. Tillman picked off five interceptions last season for a career total of 14 thus far. According to ChicagoBears.com, "I'm glad to remain in Chicago," Tillman said. "I like playing for coach [Lovie] Smith. I like my teammates. I love the organization and I like the city, so it feels good."
Duing the summer, three other players, Olin Kreutz, Hunter Hillenmeyer and Nathan Vasher, agreed to long-term contracts as well.
2) Unlike Peanut Tillman, linebacker Lance Briggs has stood his ground pertaining to contract terms. As of July 25, 2007, Briggs has made significant, positive progress toward an agreement to play for the Chicago Bears. According to espn.com, "there were strong indications the two sides were coming close to an agreement that would end a messy contract dispute and land Briggs in training camp on time." The Bears also offered to remove the franchise tag if Briggs agreed to a specific contract. Personally, I believe Briggs is pulling another Benson: holding out for more money. Bottom line, Briggs wants the same amount of money that star player lineback Brian Urlacher receives. Now, if Briggs wants the recognition and fame like Urlacher than he is going to have to PROVE himself. No team will give him tons of money just for looking pretty. Last season, he played well and was the player of the game in many instances, but nothing will come his way until he deserves it. Play for the money you earn. If he doesn't like it, the Bears should simply kick him to the curb.
**The reigning NFC Champions Chicago Bears are currently at training camp in Bourbonnais, IL for the upcoming 2007 football season. Get your Chicago Bears tickets today!
We may not have won the Super Bowl, but at least we were in it -- this season is our year to shine! Here are some quality highlights of the Chicago Bears you may want to check out! [AUGUST 11, 2007: End of off-season, beginning of preseason!!!]
Hester Returns Kickoff in Super Bowl XLI
Chicago Bears 2006 Highlights
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
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