Chicago officially placed Briggs on season-ending injured reserve Friday with a groin injury. He was expected to miss a few weeks due to the injury, so it really wasn’t all that surprising to his 2014 season come to an end.
Briggs, 34, is in the final year of his deal, and he has already raised the possibility that this could be his last year in Chicago. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent next March, but veteran linebackers haven’t fared all that well on the open market in recent years, so it will be interesting to see what opportunities he has in the coming months.
The Buccaneers could at least kick the tires on Briggs as he is plenty of familiar with Lovie Smith’s defensive system.
His 2014 season comes to an end with him recording 35 tackles, one interception and a forced fumble over the course of eight games. Pro Football Focus ranks Briggs as the No. 7 4-3 outside linebacker, a grade he earned primarily because of his ability against the run.