Report: “Near certainty” Alshon Jeffery plays out season on franchise tag

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The July 15 deadline for players with franchise tags to sign multi-year contracts with their current teams is drawing nearer and the word out of Chicago isn’t filled with optimism that the Bears and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery will get a deal done.

Jeffery has already signed the franchise tender, setting himself up to make $14.6 million during the 2016 season, and has been working out on his own during the voluntary stages of the team’s offseason workout program. If that absence is designed to get him a long-term contract, it doesn’t appear to be having the desired effect.

While Bears General Manager Ryan Pace has talked about productive talks about a contract, Dan Wierderer of the Chicago Tribune reports that it is “a near certainty” that Jeffery plays out the year on the tag. One of the biggest reasons why things will likely play out that way is the injury-plagued season that Jeffery had in 2015.

Wierderer and colleague Rich Campbell both believe Jeffery needs to show the Bears he can stay healthy before they’ll enter into a long-term relationship with the wideout. If Jeffery can pull that off, it should also prove more lucrative for him as he’ll hit the negotiating table on the back of a more successful season.

9 responses to “Report: “Near certainty” Alshon Jeffery plays out season on franchise tag

  1. I would be shocked if this Alshon is a Bear beyond this year. He has given a lot more indications than not that he wants to end his career someplace other than Chicago, and I imagine Fox and Pace will be OK honoring his wishes on that. Especially if Kevin White lights it up this year.

  2. He’s been overrated his entire career. He looked good when Brandon Marshall was drawing all the attention. After he left with Alshon the number one guy he couldn’t or wouldn’t stay healthy and his production showed he’s a 2 or 3. White will light it up and make him look good again. Feel sorry for the team that buys into that.

  3. it will be interesting if the Bears can keep any of their top 3 wide receivers and tight end on the field.

  4. Definitely a prove-it year for Jeffrey as the focal point of the passing game. The current regime has no problem going younger and cheaper, so I’d say more likely than not he walks after this season.

  5. Couldn’t they just tag him again next year too if they wanted?
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    Yes but it would be outrageously expensive. And if there’s not enough “want to” on both sides to have done a long-term deal by then, it would be far better for the Bears and Alshon to part company anyway.

  6. Pretty sure if Alshon showed any interest in being there this offseason, the two sides would still be negotiating, if not have struck a deal already. Who didn’t show for last years program??? Bennett and Forte…..where are they now? Pace wants guys who want to be there! We’ll see how it plays out.

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