Redskins Pushing Hard for Briggs

Lance Briggs has been to the last two Pro Bowls as a member of the Chicago Bears, but he's standing by his statement that he'll never play for the Monsters of the Midway again. With the NFL owners meetings underway in Phoenix, trade rumors are flying all over the place. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but the Bears and Redskins are in talks to possibly send Briggs to Washington.


The NFL Owners meeting are in full swing with announcements and committee meetings highlighting the week, but it's the deals made on the side that give juice to the week.

One such deal offered Monday, if it happens, could have major ramifications on two franchises and one franchise player.

Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for Bears' disgruntled Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs, told that the Redskins tonight informed him they would like to swing a deal that would send Washington's first-round pick, No. 6 overall, to Chicago for the Bears' first-rounder, No. 31, and Briggs.

When asked about such an offer, Redskins owner Dan Snyder confirmed to that he in fact wanted to make the move and they were waiting to talk to Chicago . In fact, Snyder spent a couple of minutes talking to Briggs, who showed up with Rosenhaus at the meeting.

Snyder and football operations man Vinny Cerato left to find head coach Joe Gibbs regarding the deal. But before leaving, Rosenhaus informed Cerato that he in fact spoke with the Bears and they were waiting an official call from the Redskins.

Briggs told earlier this month that he would never play another down again for the Bears, and he was willing to sit out the 2008 season.

Obviously many deals are discussed but fail to come to fruition, and this deal could die as well. Both teams seemed to be on the same page, but Gibbs also needed to sign off before an official offer was made. Plus, while Snyder said he'd work the deal, Washington needs to formally reach out to Chicago and make an official offer. Washington could also in the end decide to change their minds as any trade would entail them getting Briggs signed to a long-term contract.

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