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Where does this season leave linebacker Lance Briggs? As you recall, Briggs requested a trade during the preseason when the Bears refused to renegotiate his contract. That deal now has two years left on it. He's scheduled to earn $3.75 million in 2012 and $6.25 million in 2013 before it expires, when Briggs will be 33. So did Briggs gain leverage by playing out the 2011 season, getting him more than halfway through the original six-year deal? Or would the Bears be even less inclined to address it now that he is a year older? I'm not sure where this will go. It wouldn't be difficult for the Bears to throw one of their top players a bone, but the same could have been said about the situation last summer. The real question is how far Briggs is willing to push it. Will he reiterate his demand for a trade?