2012 NFL Free Agency: Chicago Bears Sign Lance Briggs To One-Year Extension

The Chicago Bears have announced an agreement between the team and linebacker Lance Briggs on a one-year contract extension, according to Jason La Canfora of NFL.com. The move presumably helps to keep Briggs happy after the Pro Bowler had expressed his dissatisfaction with his previous contract.

At this point, it's unclear how much money Briggs will be making in his new deal, but it's reasonable to assume that the 31-year-old will be receiving a raise from his previous salary. Given how important Briggs has become on a pretty veteran-laden defense, keeping him happy was presumably a key goal for Chicago this offseason.

Even after passing age 30, Briggs continues to be one of the better linebackers in the NFL. Last season, Briggs played in all 16 games for Chicago, recording 105 tackles and a pair of forced fumbles. It was the seventh time in eight seasons that Briggs has surpassed 100 tackles in a season.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago for more information, and for in-depth analysis on theChicago Bears be sure to visit Windy City Gridiron. And drop by SB Nation NFL for more news and notes from around the league.

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