Playing for a contract

CB Nathan Vasher knows what it’s like to be on the field playing for a contract. Vasher made it clear he wanted a new deal before last season began, and then went out and put together a solid season. LB Lance Briggs is in the position of having to put together a second contract season to get a big payday — one that now could come from the Bears if things work out.

“The best thing you can do is just go out there and continue to have a good time,” Vasher said about being in the position of knowing you have to perform. “I think thats something that he just continues to do.

“It can be a stressful time, but you never really hear him talk about it, you never really hear him bring it up a whole lot. He just wants to go out there and play. I always feel if you go out there and take care of business, everything else will take care of itself. He keeps going out there and making plays, having 15-tackle performances, hell get exactly what he deserves. Ill be elated for him.”

Briggs is in the position of having the support of the locker room. Players unite with players when it comes to issues of money.

“Its all business,” C Olin Kreutz said. “We dont even think about [Briggs’ offseason remarks}. Its between him and the organization as far as I am concerned. He will always be my teammates until hes wearing another uniform.”

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