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Alshon Jeffery is on deck for a big deal

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As usual, the true value of Bears receiver Brandon Marshall’s new contract won’t be known until the official details can be scrutinized.  The four-year, $40 million deal reportedly has $23 million guaranteed; without knowing how much is guaranteed at signing, there’s no way of knowing what kind of actual financial security Marshall received.

Among the most interested in knowing the true value of the deal will be Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery.  The 24-year-old exploded in his second NFL season for 1,421 receiving yards on 89 catches.  Marshall had more catches (100 total) but fewer yards (1,295 in all), but some think Jeffery soon will be the better player, if he isn’t already.

So if Marshall is worth $10 million per year, what will Jeffery get?  He’s eligible for a new contract after the 2014 regular season, and he’ll be a free agent after 2015.  The Bears will need to pay Jeffery as much or more than Marshall, sooner rather than later.

And if they decide that they can’t afford both, the actual guarantee in Marshall’s deal becomes even more relevant, because that will help the Bears figure out when they could move on from Marshall.

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36 Responses to “Alshon Jeffery is on deck for a big deal”
  1. nwfisch says: May 19, 2014 11:33 PM

    The rookie contract structure works out perfectly for the Bears in this scenario. After two years, Alshon had an amazing year, and a year that fell short of expectations.

    Having that third year will better determine his value and hopefully the Bears will avoid overpaying.

    That said, even if Jeffery declines a bit this year, I couldn’t imagine the Bears moving on from him.

  2. bearshaterseverywhere says: May 19, 2014 11:33 PM

    I had a feeling that this would be coming next.

    Best WR Tandem in the NFL.

    Sorry Calvin Johnson, you’re the best in the biz, but I would take Alshon and Brandon together any day of the week. If you had A.J Green or Antonio Brown or even Julio Jones, that would be a great game to watch vs. the Bears….

  3. bassplucker says: May 19, 2014 11:34 PM

    The Bears have had some nice 2nd round picks in their recent history. Mike Brown, Devin Hester, Matt Forte… this kid could wind up being better than any of them.

  4. mantastic54 says: May 19, 2014 11:40 PM

    Marshall is worth a lot more than ten million per year, he just chose not to squeeze every last dollar out of the bears

  5. bornahawker says: May 19, 2014 11:40 PM

    Bears are notoriously cheap so they are sure to have a way to say goodbye to Marshall before Jeffery is due

  6. thelastwordyaheard says: May 19, 2014 11:53 PM

    A bunch of fools in NFL front offices passing on this kid in the 1st rd.. he absolutely tore it up with mediocre QBs in the NFL’s unofficial minor league, the SEC

  7. pooflingingmonkey says: May 20, 2014 12:00 AM

    Sick WR Duo. Too bad Cutler is a pick machine.

  8. wilson1914 says: May 20, 2014 12:07 AM

    I give the Marshall 2 more years with the Bears they can’t pay both big money and Jeffrey has more upside in this current point of their respective careers

  9. pathsovglory says: May 20, 2014 12:10 AM

    This is why the Brandon Marshall extension kinda confuses me… I don’t pretend to understand the Bears cap situation but if I had a choice between a tried-and-true but aging Marshall or a young rising high-ceiling star in Jeffery, I’d take Jeffery every time.

  10. mialto says: May 20, 2014 12:17 AM

    AJ and BM long term Bears WR…period…Emery is building a solid unit that competes for years to come. AJ, BM, MF, MB, JC all know this.

  11. larryboodry says: May 20, 2014 1:01 AM

    Get it done, Emery!

  12. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: May 20, 2014 1:14 AM

    None of this really matters given that they don’t have the right QB throwing him the ball. It’s too bad that the Bears let the better QB leave in FA.

  13. FlashPatterson says: May 20, 2014 1:15 AM

    I’d give him one more season before paying up. You never know.

  14. denver1983 says: May 20, 2014 1:47 AM

    Who cares Bears will always suck with crybaby Cutler

  15. chicagosports2014 says: May 20, 2014 2:13 AM

    BUILDING TOWARDS THIS DYNASTY👍

    BEAR DOWN!

  16. fnc111 says: May 20, 2014 2:43 AM

    Bears will screw it up somehow. Count on it. Everybody in their division has made it to the playoffs more recently than them. When will they ever get it?

  17. bengaldivorcee says: May 20, 2014 3:46 AM

    Couldn’t disagree more. Marshall – at this time – is a far superior receiver than Alshon. I’d argue that Alshon is a beneficiary to playing with Marshall, and I don’t think many DCs would disagree with me, hence their game plans. The Bears hold all the cards here controlling him for two more years, much the same way the Bengals hold AJ Green and the Falcons Julio Jones. Could this all change in two years? You betchya. And we know how Father Time works in the NFL. Smart play signing Marshall while controlling the rights to Alshon. Two years – and possibly a franchise tag later – and they’ll be sitting pretty. No rush at all to pay a player like Alshon, especially after only one season.

  18. iluvbears says: May 20, 2014 6:00 AM

    It sure will suck for da Bears when they have huge money tied up in just two players.

  19. joefelicelli says: May 20, 2014 6:28 AM

    I think they are prepared to keep both. Bears have $12.6m in dead money this year from cutting Peppers, Bush, Podlesh, and Carimi. So even if the cap doesn’t go up, they have $12M to sign Jeffrey to an extension after this season. Given the new TV money coming in from the Thurs night package, and potentially the windfall for Sunday Ticket, the cap will probably jump more than it did this year, so I think they have it covered. Not to mention Cutler’s cap hits decrease over the next several years to a more manageable level.

  20. Indybear says: May 20, 2014 7:18 AM

    Emery, Stein and crew will lock up Alshon for the long-term, but it won’t happen this year. Regardless, it’s thrilling that he has Marshall mentoring him. Go Bears!

  21. jmblosser82 says: May 20, 2014 7:38 AM

    If Jeffery keeps playing like he did last year that have no choice but to eat Marshall’s contract(unless they can figure out how to pay Jeffery, Marshall, and Cutler)

  22. allidoiswin55 says: May 20, 2014 7:43 AM

    Can we get about 65 people cloaking they will be in cap hell . Every single team allocates money differently . The bears will lose some players but keep their core . Same as my Seahawks , Jeffery deserves a payday and with him and Marshall and Wilson in that offense for the foreseeable future they might have the best all around WR corps in football .

  23. metalhead65 says: May 20, 2014 8:16 AM

    they will find room for both of them. there is no way they move on from marshall because Jeffery has had one great season. even if he continues to be a beast they will find a way to keep both of them around for a little while longer. after years of offense being a foreign term around Chicago they are not going to rid of the main ingredients for awhile.

  24. stanleyhalas says: May 20, 2014 8:40 AM

    Whaaaaatever, that’s future emery’s problem. Let him deal with it

  25. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: May 20, 2014 9:08 AM

    Niners took A.J. Jenkins ahead of Jeffrey. By like 25 picks. OUCH

  26. larryboodry says: May 20, 2014 10:02 AM

    The Bears will find a way to keep both Marshall and Jeffery around. Those non-Bears fans saying otherwise are jealously indulging in some wishful thinking.

  27. bassplucker says: May 20, 2014 10:14 AM

    They will find the money, and here’s why.

    1) Emery has shown he will re-sign in-house stars sooner than later if they are willing to take a fair (not over-the-top) deal.

    2) Emery does not overpay for depth and does not do long-term deals with guys who aren’t (or don’t figure to be) starters; quite a few of the veteran backups currently on the Bears are playing on 1- or 2-year deals at or near the minimum salary.

    3) Emery is more than willing to ask for pay cuts from veterans who signed inflated deals in the last regime and have not played up to them or have lost their starting spots to younger guys… and he is willing to let guys walk who won’t renegotiate.

    This is all just roster and cap management 101 but because the Bears have been so bad at it for so long, it’s hard to get used to.

  28. ngarren13 says: May 20, 2014 10:22 AM

    bears will get a Jeffery deal done. they got room to do it. Marshall has been worth every penny they have paid him.

  29. malek773 says: May 20, 2014 10:37 AM

    I don’t think people understand the salary cap. Just becase Marshal has a contract thats about 40M doesn’t mean thats his cap hit is 10M every year. The Bears probably front loaded his contract so in years 3 and 4 his cap hit is low and gives them room to sign Jeffrey to nice contract. Smart GMs know how to work contracts so when they have other contracts coming up players with big deals aren’t as high of a hit on the cap. Cutlers contract is structured that way. The salary cap will also keep going up as the NFL keeps making money. Your not gonna see the salary cap get lower. So that will give them even more money to play with. Marshall will retire a bear. Jefferey will stay a bear. If you have no knowledge of how the salary cap works stop making comments about how they will have to cut this guy and that guy.

  30. whiskeyditka says: May 20, 2014 10:57 AM

    I remember a lot of teams passing on Jeffrey because of concerns about his work ethic. Glad to see he’s proven those teams wrong and become one of the premier young wide receivers in the game. Kudos to Emery for trading up to #45 in order to draft Alshon! In Emery we trust!

  31. themagicfanguy says: May 20, 2014 2:12 PM

    Thanks for that comment about them supposedly being the best WR tandem, I needed a good laugh. Bears have the 3rd best WR corps in the division, and it’s not even close anymore now that Calvin Johnson has some help and GB got Adams.

  32. bearshaterseverywhere says: May 20, 2014 3:47 PM

    Check last year’s stats and then hit yourself in the head to smarten up. Everyone on NFL Network was raving about Jeffery and Marshall being the best tandem in the NFL. Bears were also the 2nd best scoring offense in the entire league. Nice try with your pathetic assumption though.

  33. bassplucker says: May 21, 2014 9:22 AM

    What’s interesting is that a lot of the same things that caused Jeffery to fall to the 2nd, caused Will Sutton to fall to the Bears in the 3rd this year. Conditioning questions, significant dropoff in production from the year prior, etc.

    If the Bears can get the same type of ROI on Sutton that they’ve gotten on Alshon, look out.

  34. unitedramp says: May 21, 2014 12:13 PM

    themagicfanguy….and of course you know that Adams will be a good NFL player, right? Nobody knows who will pan out and who’ll be a bust so saying that GB getting Adams will help is pure speculation. Johnson and Tate as a tandem aren’t better than Marshall and Alshon.

  35. unitedramp says: May 21, 2014 12:13 PM

    themagicfanguy….and of course you know that Adams will be a good NFL player, right? Nobody knows who will pan out and who’ll be a bust so saying that GB getting Adams will help is pure speculation. Johnson and Tate as a tandem aren’t better than Marshall and Alshon….

  36. golfadx18blog says: May 21, 2014 1:28 PM

    Jeffrey is guaranteed to be a Bear for 4 more years with the use of the franchise tag if necessary and deemed prudent. Doubtful though as he will get an extension in 2015 once he proves his long term value and upside.

    I’m on record with you Peckerheads that Abberderris will be s better (think Wes Weller type) pro than Adams because of his work ethic and football IQ. So those of you saying GB has a better WR tandem are clearly just homers and show you really know nothing about football! #cheeseheadstupidity

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