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Hunter Hillenmeyer
Briggs' absence says more about Trestman
Briggs' absence says more about Trestman

History suggests preseason football bores Lance Briggs as much as the rest of us. On the first day of training camp before the 2011 season, for instance, Briggs stopped me in a parking lot and smiled. The two of us crossed paths on the campus of Olivet Nazarene in Bourbonnais and Briggs slyly knew that I knew he was unhappy with his contract. Again. Privately, Briggs choreographed plans to issue an ultimatum for a new deal before the regular season, which he eventually did through the Tribune to the surprise of many. At the time, Briggs still had three years left on a $36 million contract but demanded a trade without a raise or restructuring. Neither happened, but Briggs produced a Pro...