Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo will make his counter proposal today to the Washington Redskins regarding linebacker Lance Briggs, an NFL source said yesterday.

The Redskins, who offered the No. 6 overall pick to the Bears for Briggs and the No. 31 pick last week, have been in a waiting mode until the Bears decided on a plan.

“[Angelo] wants more than what they’re offering,” the source said.

In a development last night, it might not matter what the Bears counter with. The NFL Network reported the Redskins’ proposal was their final offer and that talks have stalled.

Angelo said last weekend it is “not likely” the Bears would grant Briggs’ request for a long-term contract.

Briggs has been placed with a franchise tag, meaning he will earn $7.2 million in 2007 if he doesn’t sign a new contract. Any team signing a “franchise” player from another team must give up two first-round picks. The price of that move makes it unlikely the Redskins would continue to pursue Briggs if trade talks break down.

Two possible counteroffers by the Bears: The Redskins trading the sixth pick straight up for Briggs, or the Redskins adding a player — likely one of two linebackers, Rocky McIntosh or Lemar Marshall — to the trade.

The Bears have no in-house replacements for Briggs, a two-time Pro Bowl player who has vowed to sit out the season’s first 10 games. If traded to the Redskins, Briggs is expected to sign a lucrative contract.

“Everybody in the league knows the Redskins have a reputation for overpaying — that’s their history,” the source said. “I’m sure the Bears think there’s some more meat on the bone and it never hurts to ask for more.”

Frost re-signed

The Redskins announced the re-signing of punter Derrick Frost yesterday.

Frost has been the Redskins’ punter since the third game of the 2005 season. Last year, he averaged 42.9 yards on 81 punts. For his career, which included spending the 2004 season with Cleveland, Frost has averaged 41.1 yards on 242 attempts. He also will continue as the team’s holder.

Preseason slate released

The Redskins will open the preseason with an Aug. 11 game at Tennessee that will be televised nationally by NFL Network.

Following home games against Pittsburgh (between Aug. 16 and Aug. 20) and Baltimore (between Aug. 23 and Aug. 27), the Redskins close the preseason at Jacksonville on Aug. 30. The dates and times for the two home games will be announced later this spring.

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