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Bears make quick work of Alshon Jeffrey’s contract

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Bears General Manager Phil Emery just wrapped up his first draft in the job and he wasted almost no time signing the first of the players he picked up in the process.

The Bears announced Wednesday morning that they have already agreed to terms with their second-round pick. Even with the Collective Bargaining Agreement making it much easier for teams to get rookie deals done quickly, this is still a fast development. It’s a four-year deal, financial terms haven’t been disclosed, and it’s the first signing of a 2012 draft pick that we’ve seen this year.

Jeffrey’s final season at South Carolina was seen as a disappointment by many people, but the Bears feel like his production dropped because defenses were focused on stopping him after his monster 2010 season. His size, jumping ability and hands should make him a good complement to Brandon Marshall in the revamped Bears receiving corps.

If Jeffrey catches on to the NFL as quickly as he signs contracts, the Bears will look very smart for drafting him.

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  1. chc4 says: May 2, 2012 10:55 AM

    Jeffrey wanted his deal done so he can spend maximize his time at the Golden Corral buffet line.

  2. jmphinsfan says: May 2, 2012 10:55 AM

    question is, can he make an impact immediately while Marshall is (likely) suspended for the first few games…

  3. Jomolungma says: May 2, 2012 10:59 AM

    Just so I’m clear, his performance dropped when defenses targeted him? What do they expect to happen in the NFL, defenses to just let him roam free on the lovely grass?

  4. walker615 says: May 2, 2012 10:59 AM

    I absolutely love Jeffery as a player. In fact, I think he bears a startling resemblance to Marshall as a player- huge, strong, not “40″ fast but fast enough.

    The Bears are gonna be a team to look out for this year.

  5. bigdinla says: May 2, 2012 11:02 AM

    If he listens to Salaam, Jeffries will be a beast for Chicago. He is definitely the most physical receiver in this draft and has excellent speed. Paired with Marshall the Bears all of a sudden have a very dangerous receiving corp!

  6. eaglesnoles05 says: May 2, 2012 11:05 AM

    Big targets all over the place for Jay Gunslingga, who already owned the eagles before they got Marshall and Jeffrey…

  7. lifeofcurley says: May 2, 2012 11:06 AM

    Jeffrey’s final season at South Carolina was seen as a disappointment by many people, but the Bears feel like his production dropped because defenses were focused on stopping him after his monster 2010 season.

    Well what happens in the NFL when the defenses are that much better? This guy likes to gain weight and everything to me points to USC WR Mike Williams type of career.

  8. warrenmoon says: May 2, 2012 11:10 AM

    Now will the line lent Cutler stand up long enough to throw to them? That is the big IF for the Bears once again, because IF the line learns how to pass block the Bears will have a dangerous passing attack with the reunion of Marshall and Cutler plus this guy!

  9. killxswitch says: May 2, 2012 11:12 AM

    Jeffries looked to me like he was slowed last year because of a weird QB situation and because he got fat. The rumors I read stated he was fed up with the QBs (I think he had two different guys throwing the ball and no consistency from either) and stopped working hard in practice and the weight room. Still played hard in the games but that was it. Take that for whatever it’s worth.

  10. vikingsfan1994 says: May 2, 2012 11:15 AM

    I’m a Vikings fan and I think that the Bears are the most dangerous team in the division. Packers and Lions are great but bears were playoff bound last year before injuries. They haven’t lost anyone big and they added GREAT backups. Now they have a reciever corps on par with the Packers but with a way better RB. I still think Harvin is better than Marshall though.

  11. myschwartzisbiggerthenyours says: May 2, 2012 11:16 AM

    Mike Williams v2.0, guy will be out of the NFL in 3 years.

  12. rushmatic says: May 2, 2012 11:16 AM

    Right, with Marshall as a mentor, this young talent can’t lose!

  13. realdealsteel says: May 2, 2012 11:21 AM

    I like the drafting of Jeffery. I think he and Marshall are going to really elavate that passing game. I too think the Bears are going to do very well this coming season and they may be in the NFC Championship game. Cutler finally has a couple of real wide receivers.

  14. Stiller43 says: May 2, 2012 11:22 AM

    Arent the bears usually first in doing this? Seems they have the first signee or first complete class every year

  15. starbuckaddict says: May 2, 2012 11:25 AM

    Jomolungma says:
    May 2, 2012 10:59 AM
    Just so I’m clear, his performance dropped when defenses targeted him? What do they expect to happen in the NFL, defenses to just let him roam free on the lovely grass?

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    I think the idea is that with B. Marshall on the other side of the field, defenses won’t be able to key on him(mostly) He should have decent production if he can stay in shape.

  16. renaissanceman87 says: May 2, 2012 11:25 AM

    “Just so I’m clear, his performance dropped when defenses targeted him? What do they expect to happen in the NFL, defenses to just let him roam free on the lovely grass?”

    The more guys that the defense has to worry about stopping, the more dangerous the offense is. How is this hard to understand?

  17. daaabears says: May 2, 2012 11:28 AM

    To the naysayers;
    1. Jeffery had 3 different QB’s his senior year. They ran the ball more because defenses keyed on the past years successful passing game, and went 11-2 while they were at it.
    2. He is 2nd all time receiving in that league, on basically 2 years of starting.
    3. His stats were going to drop off no matter what, after a 1,500+ year.
    Only thing that worries me is his separation speed, look for back shoulder passes.

  18. comeonnowguys says: May 2, 2012 11:29 AM

    @jmphinsfan

    Yeah. That’s why the accuser went into hiding and blew off a police interview. And why he was promptly charged.

  19. edavidberg says: May 2, 2012 11:30 AM

    He needs to report to camp in shape.

    Last year SC’s QB situation was a disaster which explains a lot.

    Not saying there’s aren’t warning signs for Jeffrey but they are within his control. Bears will know a lot about how his career is going to go when they see what kind of shape he reports to camp in.

  20. 1985bears says: May 2, 2012 11:31 AM

    You know, I remember when the Ravens drafted Haloti Ngata and he had the same work ethic/ weight issue questions. He was put in a locker room that taught him how to be a leader and that turned out pretty well. Don’t think for a second that Urlacher, Briggs, Peppers, and yes, Cutler are going to let this kid go astray. It’s not like he’s a diva or a bad guy. He’ll be fine.

  21. cwmorga says: May 2, 2012 11:34 AM

    @bigdinla says: May 2, 2012 11:02 AM

    Paired with Marshall the Bears all of a sudden have a very dangerous receiving corp!
    ————————

    Dangerous to women and buffets, maybe.

  22. dwntwnbadboy19 says: May 2, 2012 11:37 AM

    Good to see Chicago Bears with an actual G.M. Kinda weird looking at their WR depth chart and actually seeing talent.

  23. howiehandles says: May 2, 2012 11:39 AM

    Kills me with all the references to his weight. Must be a bunch of women posting on here, and I’ve never heard of a straight guy commenting on another guy’s weight.

    He’s 6’4″ and was 230 at his heaviest, and that’s bad? Its not as though he was 330. Not the first, or the last, player to have a let down final year.

    And being the main guy on his team, yeah, defenses are going to scheme for him. Quick, who was the other receiver on his team? How about the QB? Exactly, they did nothing, even in spite of scheming for Alshon. Yeah, they might do it in the pros when he gets to that level, but then you need to account for Marshall.

  24. betheababy7 says: May 2, 2012 11:49 AM

    He was a few yard away from leading the SEC in receiving yards with only two and a half years. His quarterback for the first half of the year actually threw a wide open pass to him in the stands. We got a huge steal. He is slow but is never really caught from behind. He will be the best mid range possession receiver and red zone king in the league. future nfl corners never slowed him down. Blackmon is the only better this year.

  25. lolb23 says: May 2, 2012 11:50 AM

    Kills me with all the references to his weight. Must be a bunch of women posting on here, and I’ve never heard of a straight guy commenting on another guy’s weight.
    ___________________________________

    So you’re saying you’re gay? Not that there is anything wrong with that, but right after typing this, you commented on his weight. Just sayin’.

  26. dwntwnbadboy19 says: May 2, 2012 11:54 AM

    myschwartzisbiggerthenyours says: May 2, 2012 11:16 AM

    Mike Williams v2.0, guy will be out of the NFL in 3 illiams years.

    ——————————————-
    What Mike Williams you talking about? The one from tampa who has 65 rec in each of his first 2 seasons? Or the Mike Williams from Seattle that has already played 6 seasons? You confused me.

  27. wludford says: May 2, 2012 12:00 PM

    Better sign now Jeffery, before the weight goes up, and they find out about the lack of work ethic.

  28. lolb23 says: May 2, 2012 12:08 PM

    What Mike Williams you talking about?
    ______________________________

    I’d like to be the first to congratulate you to your first day as an NFL fan. Here’s a tip – less talking and more reading. You’ll learn faster that way.

  29. bearsblow says: May 2, 2012 12:29 PM

    Regardless if this player is good or not the Bears will suck. They’ll find a way to screw up their season thay always do.

  30. rockbottom37 says: May 2, 2012 12:38 PM

    Bears fans make me laugh…Jeffrey was definitely a reach and OL was NOT upgraded but they think they can compete w packers…Cutler can’t make throws on his back..Bears are still good for 3rd place in NFC north

  31. detroitcityryda says: May 2, 2012 12:44 PM

    The bears still gonna get whooped on by Megatron and the crew .got no chance just like in Mnf

  32. rockbottom37 says: May 2, 2012 1:08 PM

    If Mikel Lashoure is healthy …the Lions actually might be the most complete team in division. They did strengthen their biggest needs in OLB and DB.

  33. lewjr says: May 2, 2012 1:09 PM

    every bakery in chicago better stock up on cookies.

  34. 305phinphan says: May 2, 2012 1:15 PM

    I don’t see Alshon having a major impact due to the fact that Marshall will flip out if the ball is not thrown his way on every passing play.

  35. pike573 says: May 2, 2012 1:18 PM

    SC fan here. Jeffrey’s didn’t play well because he got fat, so the comments are valid. Look at some of his pictures right before this past season and the games. I’ve watched almost every game he’s played. Yes the defenses were geared to stop him, somewhat, but he made their jobs a whole lot easier.

  36. 305phinphan says: May 2, 2012 1:18 PM

    I’m not a fan of any team in the division but I can honestly say that both the Pack and Lions are still above the Bears.

  37. myschwartzisbiggerthenyours says: May 2, 2012 1:19 PM

    dwntwnbadboy19 says:
    May 2, 2012 11:54 AM
    myschwartzisbiggerthenyours says: May 2, 2012 11:16 AM

    Mike Williams v2.0, guy will be out of the NFL in 3 illiams years.

    ——————————————-
    What Mike Williams you talking about? The one from tampa who has 65 rec in each of his first 2 seasons? Or the Mike Williams from Seattle that has already played 6 seasons? You confused me.
    ——————————-

    Well I wouldn’t consider those 44 catches he had in his first three years as being in the league.

    Jeffrey slimmed down to make his numbers better for the combine and pro day. Now that he has signed that contract look for his weight to go back up.

  38. pike573 says: May 2, 2012 1:20 PM

    And yes, I hope that he keeps the weight off, has a monster career and proves those of us with doubts on him completely wrong.

  39. dino2997 says: May 2, 2012 1:20 PM

    Love the comments from jealous fans from opposing teams. They are quite amusing kind of like a circus clown. They don’t make much sense but worth a laugh.

    Alshon Jeffrey is no where near Mike Williams. He didnt have a Heisman Trophy winning QB throwing him the ball in the pass happy Pac Ten. He isn’t nearly as large as Williams either.

  40. myschwartzisbiggerthenyours says: May 2, 2012 1:23 PM

    dwntwnbadboy19 says:
    May 2, 2012 11:37 AM
    Good to see Chicago Bears with an actual G.M. Kinda weird looking at their WR depth chart and actually seeing talent.
    ——————————–

    I am looking at their WR depth chart but I don’t see any talent.

  41. 23drt says: May 2, 2012 1:37 PM

    detroitcityryda says:
    May 2, 2012 12:44 PM
    The bears still gonna get whooped on by Megatron and the crew .got no chance just like in Mnf

    Funny…the last Bears-Lions game I remember was a 37-13 beatdown of Megatron and crew at Soldier Field. Only reason detroit made the playoffs is because Cutler went down the next week.

  42. alewatcher says: May 2, 2012 1:44 PM

    The Bears still need an O line that can keep Cutler off his back, and not running for his life.

    Oh, and a backup QB that can actually throw a football, just in case the O line is as bad as last year.

  43. bradentonbuc says: May 2, 2012 2:11 PM

    Jeffrey’s final season at South Carolina was seen as a disappointment by many people, but the Bears feel like his production dropped because defenses were focused on stopping him after his monster 2010 season.

    Well what happens in the NFL when the defenses are that much better? This guy likes to gain weight and everything to me points to USC WR Mike Williams type of career.

    Not only did Jeffrey have to play through double teams, but even worse was the Carolina QB’s couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn! Yet he was definition of a team player and never complained. Chicago is going to love him.

  44. egreen4590 says: May 2, 2012 2:15 PM

    For my Lions sake, please pray that Forte holds out.

  45. lolb23 says: May 2, 2012 2:39 PM

    Only reason detroit made the playoffs is because Cutler went down the next week.
    __________________________________

    In other words, all your hopes and dreams rest in the chubby hands of a soft, over-rated QB too much of a wimp to get back into the NFC Title game when it mattered most.

    Good luck with that.

  46. doug1grohlin says: May 2, 2012 3:28 PM

    lolb23 says:
    May 2, 2012 2:39 PM
    Only reason detroit made the playoffs is because Cutler went down the next week.
    __________________________________

    In other words, all your hopes and dreams rest in the chubby hands of a soft, over-rated QB too much of a wimp to get back into the NFC Title game when it mattered most.

    Good luck with that.

    ————————————————
    Detroit Lions fan everyone!

    Over confident after one season of not being terrilbe. I’d take Cutler over Stafford the glass kitty any day. Your team is a joke and your city is nothing to be proud of.

    Your QB redefined, “choke” the last time they met. He got out of the way when Tillman was running back another one of his picks for a touchdown. He was only brave enough to cheap shot the smallest guy on the Bears. Now that’s a leader to envy.

  47. dino2997 says: May 2, 2012 4:17 PM

    lolb23 says:
    May 2, 2012 2:39 PM

    In other words, all your hopes and dreams rest in the chubby hands of a soft, over-rated QB too much of a wimp to get back into the NFC Title game when it mattered most.

    Good luck with that.

    ———————————————-

    I thought you were talking about Matthew Stafford up until you mentioned NFC Title game. Lions wouldn’t know anything about the NFC Title game after all………

  48. fan555 says: May 2, 2012 5:07 PM

    Alshon Jeffrey
    brought to you by Phil Emery…

    The greatest GM in the history of the NFL.

  49. wofjrp says: May 17, 2012 1:26 PM

    S.C. fan here. I don’t know who Pike was watching but Jeffrey is a long way from being fat. In 3 years of watching him I never saw him drop a pass. Nobody in the SEC could cover him. Against Mississippi State this year he was sandwiched by two defenders and reached over the top of one of the guys to pull in the TD pass while the guy behind him was ripping his helmet off. He made Nebraska’s secondary look ridiculous in the Cap1 bowl. He ran a 4.45 40 at
    Pro day. Look at the guys highlight film, some of the one handed catches this guy made are amazing.

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