Bears step up, pay one of their stars

The Chicago Bears got down to business and took care of one of their Pro Bowl performers.

No, it didn’t mean a contract for running back Matt Forte.

Instead, the team agreed to terms with weak-side linebacker Lance Briggs on a one-year extension that will keep him with the team through 2014, when he will be 34.

Briggs had two years remaining on his existing $36, million, six-year contract that he received as an unrestricted free agent in 2008. He expressed his feelings about the contract during preseason last year and suggested he would ask for a trade following the 2011 season.

Briggs has been quiet and now he will be paid. He was due to earn only $3.75 million this season and $6.25 million in 2013. He has been selected to seven consecutive Pro Bowls.

Now, the question is what will the Bears do with middle linebacker Brian Urlacher, who is entering the final year of his contract.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

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