Lance Briggs: Lockout 'bigger than offseason workout bonus'
In the grand scheme of things as the NFL owners and players eventually get down to crafting a new collective bargaining agreement, a decision needs to be made on what to do with the workout bonuses and roster bonuses players were going to be able to earn this offseason.
It impacts a minority of players but some of the dollar amounts aren’t insignificant to the individuals. Take for instance Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs, who has a $250,000 workout bonus in his contract. Briggs collects the check if he participates in 85 percent of the team’s voluntary workout program. Well, there’s nothing for him to volunteer for right now, leaving that payment hanging in the balance right now.
“I would certainly like to have my workout bonus," Briggs said. "It is definitely a lot of money. But this whole deal is bigger than my offseason workout bonus. I want to see the lockout end so we can get back to playing football, not just because I want a workout bonus. I don't know how all of that is going to work out.”
Eventually, it all will be worked out. In the meantime, it’s impossible to say what will happen to these payments. Most players don’t have workout bonuses as large as Briggs does. The owners locked the players out and who’s to say Briggs wouldn’t have turned in 100 percent attendance?
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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune