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Retired Chicago Bear Lance Briggs’ suburban mansion lands in foreclosure

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The former linebacker had been trying to sell his Northfield home for many months

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After nearly a year on and off the market, the suburban Northfield mansion of retired Chicago Bears player Lance Briggs is at the center of a foreclosure proceeding. According to Dennis Rodkin of Crain’s, Mr. Briggs took out a $1.72 million mortgage for the home in 2009—just a year after purchasing the property for $2.3 million.

Built in 2007 and situated on a one-acre parcel along a private drive, the nearly 4,800-square-foot mansion features six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, an elevator, three-car garage, walk-in wine cellar, and a spacious basement “man cave” once adorned with football memorabilia. Briggs played for the Bears from 2003 through 2014 followed by a stint as a broadcaster for Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

The retired linebacker first put his suburban pad up for sale in October for $2.5 million before reducing the price to $2.25 million in January and finally removing the listing in March. On the heels of last month’s foreclosure filing, the property returned to the market several days ago for the reduced price of just under $2.1 million.

According to Crain’s, the latest development isn’t Brigg’s only issue when it comes to his real estate holdings. Last year, a next door neighbor sued the retired athlete over the placement of dog kennels and improper drainage. Meanwhile, an early suit against Mr. Briggs regarding the sale of his previous Northbrook home alleges that he abruptly pulled out of a deal at the last minute.