The season of their discontent

Will a few Bears veterans let the business of football get in the way of winning?

Updated: October 19, 2011, 10:08 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Professional athletes almost always stick together when it comes to their teammates' contract disputes and trade demands. It's part of the code, what they do.

Even as they agree with Lance Briggs that it can be a distraction.

"I think it takes away from wanting to just go out on the field and play," Briggs admitted on Comcast SportsNet Chicago on Tuesday, of his public request for a trade last month after learning the Bears would not give him a ...

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