Lance Marell Briggs (born November 12, 1980) is a National Football League (NFL) linebacker for the Chicago Bears. He entered the NFL in 2003 when he was drafted in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Since his rookie season he has not missed a game, playing in 64 straight regular season games. In 2005 and 2006, Briggs made the NFC Pro Bowl team as an outside linebacker. After the completion of the 2006 season he became a free agent but the Bears made him their franchise player. Briggs, unhappy with being unable to negotiate for a long term, mega money deal with another NFL team, stated in an interview that he didn't want to ever play for the Bears again. He said, "I've played my last snap for them. I'll never play another down for Chicago again." After talks of trading him to the Washington Redskins, the Bears, on July 25, signed Briggs to a one-year $7.206 million deal and promised not to make him their franchise player after the 2007 season.