â€¢ CHICAGO - Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs reiterated Tuesday that he will not play another down for the Chicago Bears and is ready to sit out next season after they designated him as their franchise player.
"There are a lot of different options, a lot of different decisions, that could happen as the season comes closer," Briggs told ESPN. "But that's one of those options."
That came a day after he told Foxsports.com: "I've played my last snap for them. I'll never play another down for Chicago again."
Last week Briggs said the team should remove the label or trade him and then informed a Chicago radio station he would do "everything that's within my power" to leave the Bears.
The franchise tag guarantees Briggs $7.206 million next season - the average of the top five salaries for players at his position - but it also deters other teams from signing him. The Bears could match any offer for Briggs or receive two No. 1 draft picks. If he sits out next season, the Bears could use the franchise tag again.
A third-round draft pick from Arizona in 2003, Briggs earned $721,600 in the final season of his first NFL contract after he reportedly rejected a six-year, $33 million offer last spring. He told ESPN the deal was for seven years, and he turned it down because it was "below market value."
Briggs led the team with 117 solo tackles this past season.
Pacman's court appearance postponed until May 14
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â€¢ NASHVILLE - A judge agreed to delay a court appearance for Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones to give his attorneys time to determine how the NFL might react to a potential plea agreement.
Jones was charged in February 2006 with felony obstruction of police. Prosecutor Scott Ballard said he has no intentions of dismissing the case that involved Jones biting an officer between his thumb and index finger.
Ballard said Tuesday that Jones' court appearance will be delayed at least until May 14.
"My understanding is they needed some time to access the impact of certain sentences they would get with ... the NFL," he said.
NFL officials are reviewing Jones' off-field conduct, which has included 10 incidents where he was interviewed by police.
Also Tuesday, free-agent cornerback Nick Harper agreed to a three-year deal with the Titans. Harper played for the Super Bowl champion Colts the past six seasons.
Washington's deal could be worth $22 million
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â€¢ FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots signed free agent Kelley Washington to a deal that could be worth as much at $22 million over five years, continuing the offseason overhaul of their receiving corps.
The Patriots have also signed free-agent receiver Donte' Stallworth and acquired Wes Welker from Miami.
Washington, a teammate of Stallworth's at Tennessee, has 72 catches for 893 yards and nine touchdowns in four seasons with Cincinnati.