Alshon Jeffery hasn’t been at Bears voluntary workouts

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Over the years, a certain sequence of events has been established for players who get the franchise tag and one of the most familiar beats has been those players skipping out on work with their teams until they sign the tag or a long-term contract.

Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is following that blueprint with one tweak. Jeffery signed his tender with the Bears shortly after getting it, but has still opted to spend his time elsewhere while the team’s offseason program has gotten underway in Chicago.

The workouts are voluntary, so Jeffery isn’t required to be there, and Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports that Jeffery told the team in advance that he was going to continue working out on his own in Florida. Per Dickerson, Jeffery is focused on putting an end to the soft tissue injuries to his calf and hamstring that forced him to miss seven games last season.

Doing so would be a boost to the Bears offense and to Jeffery’s chances of cashing in with a long-term deal after the 2016 season, assuming, of course, that he and the Bears don’t agree to one this offseason. They have until July 15 to work out a deal or Jeffery will play out the season with the $14.599 million salary called for by the tag.

The Bears don’t have any mandatory work until a June minicamp, although Jeffery may join the Bears ahead of those practices.

1 responses to “Alshon Jeffery hasn’t been at Bears voluntary workouts

  1. There were early reports that Jeffery was not thrilled that they shipped Brandon Marshall out of town, and would prefer to play closer to home. The Bears offense is clearly better with him there, but are they planning to move on without him? bears have met with 9 WRs during the draft process, including Corey Coleman, Laquon Treadwell, and Braxton Miller, all guys who would go in the first two rounds.

    Would a team like Carolina, who just freed up $14M in cap space, be interested in Jeffery, who is from South Carolina, and would give Cam a monster group of receivers in Jeffery, Benjamin, Olsen, and Funchess? Would look more like the Bobcats than the Panthers…

    Either way, the Bears do not appear convinced they will have Jeffery for the long haul. I would expect receivers to be on the visit list, but not at the top, so this is more than just due diligence. The only positions they have visited with as much as WR are QB (10) and DL/pass rusher (9). Expect all 3 positions to be draft targets this weekend.

    Will be interesting to watch, because this week is when they would need to do it. No point in trading him after the draft, since the team would be weaker for 2016, and have nothing this year to show for it, unless they work out a trade involving players now and future (2017)picks.

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