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Bears announce franchise tag for Alshon Jeffery

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 16: Alshon Jeffery #17 of the Chicago Bears catches a pass against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on October 19, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 21-13. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Getty Images

Chatter that the Bears were going to use the franchise tag on wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has been going on since before the end of the 2015 season and a report over the weekend indicated that they had made the decision to go that route.

The Bears made it official on Monday with an announcement confirming that they have placed the tag on their top wideout. The two sides can continue discussing a long-term deal through July 15.

If Jeffery plays out the year under the terms of the tag, he’ll make $14.599 million that would become fully guaranteed when Jeffery signs the tag. Based on what we’ve seen in recent years, Jeffery will probably hold off on doing that for a while as the Bears are unlikely to rescind the tag and he’d surely prefer a deal that offers him more security beyond the 2016 season.

Those conversations can now continue with the July deadline well in the future and Jeffery off the open market when free agency begins next week.

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28 Responses to “Bears announce franchise tag for Alshon Jeffery”
  1. Seprix says: Feb 29, 2016 3:28 PM

    Don’t worry, Jeffery! A good NFL team will sign you after this year! It’s your last year of catching passes from Mr. Average.

  2. cjonesaf says: Feb 29, 2016 3:31 PM

    Good move by the Bears, AJ works the sideline and the red zone with the best of them.

  3. rexdarteskimospy says: Feb 29, 2016 3:32 PM

    Semi-crazy thought, but shouldn’t Jeffrey at least consider playing 2016 on the franchise tag to see if he can stay healthy and reap the potential benefits in 2017? He could stand to make a whole lot more money if he has a good season.

  4. bassplucker says: Feb 29, 2016 3:37 PM

    Rumor was they were going to try to work out a long-term deal during the combine but it doesn’t appear that went anywhere. Not a surprise to this Bear watcher at all… situations like this are exactly why you have the franchise tag in your toolbox and they don’t have any other players that would come close to being worthy of it.

  5. msc4realeagles says: Feb 29, 2016 3:37 PM

    When healthy, he’s a top 5 WR in this league. Not a bears fan.

  6. fwippel says: Feb 29, 2016 3:53 PM

    From a Viking fan, this is a smart move by the Bears. I wish the Vikings had landed him in the 2012 draft, and hated to see him get drafted by a divisional opponent.

  7. hyzers says: Feb 29, 2016 3:54 PM

    He’s way too slow to get elite money.

  8. timmmah10 says: Feb 29, 2016 3:59 PM

    msc4realeagles says:
    Feb 29, 2016 3:37 PM

    When healthy, he’s a top 5 WR in this league. Not a bears fan.

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    Top 10, I’m with you. Top 5… eh.. Brown, Julio, DeAndre, Beckham, Demaryius, AJ Green, Allen Robinson… all coming into their primes and have great resumes. Hard to say Jeffery is better than 3 of those guys to be top 5. But, he would have been leaps and bounds better than any other WR on the open market this year. It’s a big check for one season, but he would have likely got 30+million guaranteed as a FA.

  9. smokehouse56 says: Feb 29, 2016 4:14 PM

    Seprix says:
    Feb 29, 2016 3:28 PM

    Don’t worry, Jeffery! A good NFL team will sign you after this year! It’s your last year of catching passes from Mr. Average.
    =================================
    I wish to hell we had a “Mr. Average (Cutler” in Philly.

  10. ditkainyourbutkus says: Feb 29, 2016 4:16 PM

    please stay healthy

  11. eazeback says: Feb 29, 2016 4:32 PM

    franchise tag is a JOKE!!!! in essence forcing a player to play for you when they could either go somewhere else or make more money. it should be done away with

  12. 1969l78 says: Feb 29, 2016 4:44 PM

    Rumors are he doesn’t want to be in Chicago. He wants to play closer to home.

  13. ionlyrootforthewinningteam says: Feb 29, 2016 5:01 PM

    Alshon is good, but he’s not a top five WR in the league, right now he’s in the top 1o only cuz he’s in his prime.

    Cutler will at least have some good leverage if Alshon is healthy.

    This was very predictable and no one should be surprised. 1st step to a long and thorough rebuilding offseason.

  14. ariani1985 says: Feb 29, 2016 5:02 PM

    But, but, but, but packer fans were saying he would take the league minimum to play with Rogers!

  15. rojobirds says: Feb 29, 2016 5:06 PM

    If his off season strengthening workouts don’t pan White better be able to step into the #1 role.

  16. jagsfanugh says: Feb 29, 2016 5:09 PM

    Call me crazy but 14 million even if walk away with 5 is security.

  17. tritz32 says: Feb 29, 2016 5:22 PM

    Leave it to Ariani to bring the Packers into the conversation. Jealousy isn’t a good look dude.

  18. joefelicelli says: Feb 29, 2016 5:39 PM

    1969l78 says:
    Feb 29, 2016 4:44 PM

    Rumors are he doesn’t want to be in Chicago. He wants to play closer to home.
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    Been wondering about that myself. If that is indeed the case, the Bears would be able to trade him to a team that wants to sign him. I think the days of getting 2 1st round picks for a franchise player are gone, but the Bears may be able to get a 1st and a future pick, or a 2nd this year +other picks (maybe a future 2nd or 1st, or a 3rd or 4th this year) in exchange for not matching the deal.

    If he wants to play closer to home, that is the Falcons, Panthers, Jags, Bucs, Skins, and Ravens to start. Panthers will struggle to afford him if they franchise Norman. Jags already have Allen Robinson and Hurns. Bucs have Evans and Jackson. Skins and Ravens don’t have the space either. The Niners, Rams, and Titans would probably be the best options. Wouldn’t get him closer to home, but would offer him a new locale.

  19. flexx91 says: Feb 29, 2016 5:58 PM

    franchise tag is a JOKE!!!! in essence forcing a player to play for you when they could either go somewhere else or make more money. it should be done away with.
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    Franchise tag means getting a 1-year contract at no less than 10% of the top WR salaries in the league. That means he’s guaranteed at least $10 million in 2016.

  20. icebowler says: Feb 29, 2016 6:00 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Feb 29, 2016 5:02 PM

    But, but, but, but packer fans were saying he would take the league minimum to play with Rogers!
    __________________________________
    Yea, right!

    Sheesh!!

  21. The Almighty Cabbage says: Feb 29, 2016 6:29 PM

    If Jeffery is healthy this year AND White lives up to his draft status, that will be a formidable duo. Throw in Bennett at TE and the Bears will definitely have legitimate threats catching the ball.

  22. traevin says: Feb 29, 2016 6:32 PM

    Bears fans should REALLY worry about this. Just going by past performances of franchised players, missing so much time from the facility essentially means you’ll be lucky to see 70% of his 2015 production this upcoming season. It truly sucks for the player, teams, and especially the fans, and I say this from the vantage point of experiencing it firsthand last season as one of my favorites crashed and burned under the weight of the tag. Hopefully, Jeffrey will avoid that fate, but if it’s an extended contract negotiation, or he’s still tagged during the season, the odds of him having a successful season are stacked against him.

  23. purpleguy says: Feb 29, 2016 6:45 PM

    A franchise tag seems to make the most sense as the Bears can now gauge if Jeffery can stay healthy for a whole season.

  24. staffordsyear says: Feb 29, 2016 7:33 PM

    He’s the only decent receiver they have. Smart move.

  25. philtration says: Feb 29, 2016 8:01 PM

    I like Jeffery and when he is healthy he is very good but I would be ok with them trading him to Atlanta for a First round pick.
    Draft Noah Spence and Reggie Ragland with those picks and fill two glaring holes on that Defense immediately.
    Then you can grab an OT (Hopefully with your 2nd pick instead of going all Defense if you want.
    The Bears have money to spend so maybe go after Marvin Jones to replace Jeffery because he is not going to get $14 million a year from any team.

  26. vikingf0rlife says: Feb 29, 2016 8:17 PM

    staffordsyear says:
    Feb 29, 2016 7:33 PM

    He’s the only decent receiver they have. Smart move.

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    Alshon has a much much better QB and is much much better than any of the Lions WR’s, that’s for sure!

  27. wyrdawg says: Feb 29, 2016 9:58 PM

    Bears fan says he won’t last the season again… No matter what Jay Glazer’s MMA gym tells you. Alshon needs someone else to lead him. He can’t do it himself.

    He’ll be a NY Jet next year, unless Marshall retires… or whatever he does.

  28. azjohnny says: Feb 29, 2016 10:49 PM

    Jeffery is a #2 receiver and now he will expect a new contract to average that 14.6 mill per year. I would have let him go. Bears are going in the direction of a run first, solid defensive team that they have been known for

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