Briggs Really Not Getting Paid Now

In a postive development that is overshadowed by the Tank news, the Bears today inked cornerback Nathan Vasher to a five-year, $28 million contract extension with $14 million in guaranteed money.

To me, this is a pleasant surprise. It had been speculated that Chicago would not have the funds to lock up both corner Charles “Peanut” Tillman and Vasher, given the dramatic escalation of salaries around the NFL in 2007. Tillman has one year remaining on his deal, as did Vasher. Given Tillman’s strong 2006 season, and somewhat of a dropoff from Vasher, speculation was that Tillman would get paid while Vasher would be allowed to walk.

Also surprising given the aforementioned salary escalations is that Vasher didn’t wait it out another season to see if he could make more than the $28 million.

This is a good contract for the Bears, who of all the bad things we’ve seen over the last 20 years, have always managed their cap as successfully as any team in football.

4 Responses to “Briggs Really Not Getting Paid Now”

  1. I look at this as a win on TWO fronts for the Bears front office. Drew Rosenhaus is ALSO Vasher’s agent. A year ago, the Bears made Briggs an offer worth a reported $50 million and he walked away. Rosenhaus and player did not make the same mistake in this instance. It ALSO is a win in that it shows the rest of the team that the front office intends on taking care of you as a player as your contract gets closer to being up for renewal. Briggs may beg to differ, but Vasher is signed leaving Tillman as the lone CB to worry about.

  2. I stand corrected. Rosenhaus is NOT Vasher’s agent. Mike Sullivan is. It’s still a solid message from the front office to the locker room that this is an organization that really does try to take care of it’s players.

  3. Agreed, Hawk. Very positive. Now hopefully just room for Peanut. Wait, and Berrian, Tommie Harris, Grossman if he performs….

  4. Grossman is DEFINITELY in a make-or-break year. His contract status hinges on this season IMHO.

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