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Bears, Jags plan no staff layoffs or furloughs, either


Chicago Bears’ Danieal Manning, left, returns a punt against Jacksonville Jaguars’ Brian Witherspoon during the first quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Nam Y. Huh

Earlier today, we pointed out (via SportsBusiness Daily) that the Vikings, Saints, and Colts would not be laying off employees or placing them on furlough during a lockout.

Two more teams can be added to the list.

The Jaguars, also via SportsBusiness Daily, plan “to operate business as usual.” Also, Larry Mayer of the Bears’ official website reports that team CEO Ted Phillips has informed coaches and staff members that they won’t face layoffs, furloughs, or immediate pay cuts in the event of a lockout.

The Bears plan to conduct business as usual in order to maintain a competitive advantage once the lockout ends. Pay cuts would be instituted in the event of a lockout that lasts into the regular season.