Now the team is responding in kind.
After missing just four games over a span of 10 seasons from 2003-2012, Briggs has played in just 17 of 32 games the past two years.
Although he has been one of the premier weakside linebackers of his generation, Briggs is ill-suited for new coordinator Vic Fangio's 3-4 scheme after playing his entire career in a 4-3.
Briggs will finish his Bears career with the fifth-most games and second-most tackles in franchise history.
If he decides to call it a career, Briggs will be remembered -- along with Brian Urlacher -- as the backbone of Lovie Smith's ball-hawking defense that peaked with a Super Bowl XLI appearance.