Chicago Bears: Contracts

Gould: Emery, Bears have no leverage

July, 25, 2013
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery said on Wednesday the club will wait until after the 2013 season to extend contracts, but Robbie Gould thinks the players are the ones with the leverage.

Gould is one of 43 players listed in the Bears’ media guide with an expiring contract next offseason.

“Here’s the thing, they have no leverage,” Gould said on ESPN 1000’s “Training Camp Live Show”. “There’s no leverage whatsoever, especially in my position. We asked to renegotiate two weeks ago and they said there was no money. Let me put it to you this way: if they wanted a guy they’re going to find a way to sign him if it meant that much to them.”

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Briggs sees disconnect on Bears

October, 19, 2011
Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs said the players and management are not seeing eye to eye on many issues, and that the contractual disputes involving a couple players is taking focus away from performing on the field.

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Peppers overtakes Stafford's contract

March, 6, 2010
We have been tracking guaranteed money on this blog ever since Detroit committed quarterback Matthew Stafford to an NFL-record $41.7 million on the eve of the 2009 draft. Finally, it's time for Stafford's deal to take a back seat.

But as it turns out, the record remains in the NFC North family. (Would you have expected anything else?) Chicago guaranteed defensive end Julius Peppers $42 million on Friday, putting Peppers at the top of our list:

Chicago defensive end Julius Peppers: $42 million
Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford: $41.7 million
Washington defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth: $41 million
San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers: $38 million
Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick: $37 million*
Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger: $36 million
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning: $35 million
Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan: $34.8 million
Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning: $34.5 million
Oakland quarterback JaMarcus Russell: $31.5 million
Dallas quarterback Tony Romo: $30 million
*Vick's deal has since been terminated.

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