The Bears need a safety. You know it, I know it and Lance Briggs knows it.
"We need a safety, a veteran safety, and obviously we have to protect No. 6," the Pro Bowl linebacker told host Laurence Holmes on Thursday night while appearing on WSCR (670-AM). "We have a couple draft picks coming up and free agency is still open. There are a lot of fine players out there and I know we'll do what we have to do."
Briggs said finding a safety that can excel in coach Lovie Smith's system is not an easy thing to do.
"A safety in this system, you do everything," Briggs said. "You play in the box, deep pass, deep thirds, you control a lot and make a lot of adjustments. You have to know just as much as the [middle linebacker] in this defense. You have to be extremely vocal and make sure everybody is on the same page. You have to do all that and make all your own adjustments. You have to be able to play in that box, come up and hit and you have to cover. It's probably the most versatile player that's on that field."