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Bears’ Lance Briggs requests trade

Linebacker Lance Briggs is hoping thBears might restructure his contract. | Tom Cruze/Sun-Times Media

Linebacker Lance Briggs is hoping that the Bears might restructure his contract. | Tom Cruze/Sun-Times Media

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Updated: September 2, 2011 3:50PM

Lance Briggs’ contract squabble with the Bears has apparently reached a boiling point. The Pro Bowl linebacker, who has asked for a redo on his current contract, wants to be traded.

Briggs’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, emailed a formal trade request to the Bears, the Sun-Times confirmed Friday.

Briggs has asked the Bears to renegotiate the six-year, $36 million contract he signed in 2008. The six-time Pro Bowl player approached the Bears seeking a raise, but management apparently is not budging, despite about $19 million in salary-cap space.

Briggs, who turns 31 in November, has three seasons left on his deal, which will pay him $3.65 million this season, $3.75 million in 2012 and $6.25 million in 2013.

The Bears declined comment.

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