Last year it was the Chicago Bears parting ways with future Hall of Famer and the face of the franchise in Brian Urlacher and this week announced the team will not be bringing back fan favorite Devin Hester which has caused pro bowl linebacker Lance Briggs to say the team owed them more respect.
“I’m just a football player and when my time comes, I don’t expect anything more or less than a tweet saying ‘We’re parting ways with Lance.’ Briggs said on the Kap and Haugh show. That’s not going to hurt my feelings or anything like that. That’s more for when you have players with the respect of the people that have appreciated the people over the years, that say these guys should be due more respect for what they’ve done and what they’ve meant to everyone.”
Throughout history we have seen players like Johnny Unitas, Joe Montana and Peyton Manning forced to leave their original team, but it doesn’t make it any easier to swallow for fans and players alike as they are forced to deal with the reality that it’s going to happen at some point.
“It’s sad, man,” Briggs said. “We’ve seen a lot of guys come and go. I think we all know our time is coming and it’s sad when it does. I hate to see a guy like Devin — and what he’s meant to this city and this organization — not brought back…”
The Bears may lose more familiar faces with Charles Tillman a free agent and Julius Peppers a potential (likely) cap casualty.