Lance Briggs has had a nice offseason since he got his reworked contract completed in April.
"It's been a big release of stress," said Briggs, who conducted interviews to promote his new partnership with New Era hats. "There are some things that you worry about, when you think about the past. You think there's going to be a big fight again. Thinking about traded or released. So, you hope for the best, and prepare for the worst.
"So getting the deal done as fast as it got done, I'm just thankful."
Briggs, who has been embroiled in contract disagreements with the Bears in the past, empathizes with Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte.
"It doesn't matter if I got my deal. Matt deserves to get paid," Briggs said. "Matt's one of the players that they're going to get everything they can out of him. He's going to give it his all.
"Matt has to do what's best for Matt Forte, and what he believes is best for him. It's not for me or anyone else to say but him. But I'm sure he'll make the right decision."