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Too soon for Bears to give up on Lance Briggs
Too soon for Bears to give up on Lance Briggs

Alas, the Lance Briggs era in Chicago likely will end when his contract does at the end of the season. General manager Phil Emery's unsentimental experience with players in their 30s and Briggs' uncomfortable existence with coach Marc Trestman makes it easy to envision the Bears saying goodbye before 2015 free agency begins. No Bears outside linebacker has enjoyed a more decorated career than Briggs, whose seven Pro Bowl appearances are four more than Wilber Marshall made and six more than Otis Wilson. But Briggs turns 34 next month, and Sunday marked the eighth game in the last 16 he has missed because of injury — durability issues hard to imagine Emery ignoring come...

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