Bears WLB Lane Briggs (Source: espn.go.com)

New Orleans Saints: Lance Briggs signing intriguing but impossible

Six consecutive Pro Bowl appearances from 2005 through 2010, 853 total career tackles (average season is 107 tackles), twelve interceptions, and 10.5 sacks.

Lance Briggs has put together a stellar resume and any team in the NFL would love to have him on their defense.

Briggs has once again requested a trade from the Chicago Bears after general manager Jerry Angelo refused  to re-negotiate his contract this week.

In 2007 he also requested a trade after being franchised. The premise for the trade once again involved the amount of money he received, over 7 million, for getting the tag.

Briggs wanted to secure a long-term deal to remain with the Bears and felt he was not in the franchises plans for the future.

After all the talk he was resigned in March of 2008 to a  six-year, $36 million dollar contract.

The same contract that he is unhappy with now.

A trade for Briggs would likely be for rather high draft compensation and possibly players in return.

A first-round pick seems steep to give up for him at this stage of his career, but a second round pick may be right on the money.

In this years draft the Saints gave up their first round pick in 2012 to trade up and select Alabama running back Mark Ingram. So far that move looks to be a really good one.

It doesn’t seem likely that the Saints would be willing to trade away their second round pick to get him, if that’s what it would actually take, considering the talent they have assembled on the roster already at weakside linebacker.

Officially the Saints are likely to  keep at least three weakside linebackers on the roster — Jonathan Casillas, Scott Shanle, and Nate Bussey — with Casillas possibly getting the nod to start over Shanle this season.

Briggs is good, and he would be a nice addition, but his price would be far too high for the Saints to be truly interested.

Logic dictates that he will play with the Bears in 2011, unless a team offers Chicago a deal they can’t refuse.

He is after all under contract, like it or not.

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