"It's the last year of my deal. It's not like I'm magically going to show up after this year and they're going to open the gates up for me. I've talked to my buddy, (former Bears defensive end) Alex Brown. Those gates are closed when you're a free agent."
With 167 starts in Chicago, Briggs has far outplayed his third-round draft pedigree from 2003. After securing a starting role just four games into his rookie season, Briggs went on to miss just four starts between 2004 and 2012.
"I know the reality of it and I'm proud of all the years I've had here. It's been great," Briggs said. "I couldn't have asked for a better situation."