Alshon Jeffery, Bears talking, “more than open” to new deal

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The Bears didn’t use the franchise tag on wide receiver Alshon Jeffery for the second time in as many years, but that doesn’t mean that the wideout will definitely be moving on as a free agent.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Bears and Jeffery’s agent had a “positive meeting” on Saturday about working out a new deal for Jeffery in Chicago. Per the report, both sides are “more than open” to finding common ground that would result in more of the same for the 2012 second-round pick.

After the franchise tag deadline passed on Wednesday, Jeffery said he is looking for a team that needs a receiver and gives him the “best situation to win a championship.” The Bears would seem to qualify for the former more than the latter, although Jeffery’s expressed optimism about the team’s trajectory in the recent past.

While things may be chummy with the Bears, Jeffery can start hearing what other teams are willing to offer in a couple of days and the right words from another team will drop the chances of staying in the Windy City.

12 responses to “Alshon Jeffery, Bears talking, “more than open” to new deal

  1. Jeffrey is too talented to stay in Chicago. He will almost certainly go to a contending team, and the Bears aren’t it.

  2. He is not as good as he thinks he is……He has attitude problems and injury problems. He needs a contract which is performance based.

  3. Bears are in a long term re-build—-they do not need Jeffery. By the time the re-build is complete Jeffery will be on the downside of his career.

  4. Well, literally the only upside to staying is if Chicago keeps Connor Shaw. I would imagine that’s good for him personally. Shaw and Jeffrey have had the best success of each others’ respective careers when playing together. But yeah, I can’t find any actual good reason to stay there.

    Other than that, yeah, it’s time to go. Chicago is not in a position to offer Jeffrey long term success. They could pay a bundle to have him stay, sure, but then that ties up valuable money they need for a rebuild in one player (as they attempt to shed Jay Cutler’s contract) and hurt their chances at success there. Or he will have to accept less money for a franchise that has no clear direction. The fact is he’s going to paid a lot wherever he goes, whether you think he deserves it or you don’t.

    So yeah, only stay if you really, really like the place Alshon. And it doesn’t sound like you really, really like the place.

  5. Why in the world would anyone give AJ 50 mill over 5 years, you must be smoking some of that jerry jones green.. this guy has not proved anything, besides he is injury prone and a diva in the making.. Brandon Marshall put up, Alshon did not.. never understood why the bears liked this guy so much.. the draft has plenty of wideouts that are cheaper, hungry, and more durable than AJ..

  6. ryan paste is one of the best gms there is.

    it is going to be a great year for the bears.

    things are going to change, i can feel it.

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