Report: Confidence low about long-term deal for Alshon Jeffery

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It’s a week until the deadline for players with franchise tags to sign multi-year deals with their teams and there are varying degrees of confidence about the prospect for such agreements around the league.

Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is one of the players looking for a contract, but signs have pointed to him playing out the year on the tag for a while even as talks have continued with the Bears. Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that confidence that those talks will result in an agreement is low.

Per Garafolo, the Bears would like to pay less than the $14.6 million that Jeffery is guaranteed under the terms of the franchise tender while Jeffery wants a deal that pays more than the $11 million-plus that Doug Baldwin and Keenan Allen got in extensions they signed recently.

The presence of a deadline has helped bridge such gaps in the past and any open lines of communication mean that could be the case again this year. If not, though, Jeffery will help himself by showing he can stay healthier than he did last season before resuming the push for the long-term deal he’s looking for in 2017.

21 responses to “Report: Confidence low about long-term deal for Alshon Jeffery

  1. Yeah you have to pay him 14 million this year but are trying to sign him to a deal around 12 million annually? Why did you guys get rid of Marshall and Bennett and not sign forte if you aren’t going to pay the people that score you points?

  2. Jeffery is a “play when I want to” guy and once he gets paid won’t produce at a top 10 WR level. Bears are smart not breaking the bank for him… let him play out his tag and take his attitude somewhere else.

  3. I recall Packer fan frankie booth saying that he would take the league minimum to go to green Bay and sit out 2 years. not going to happen!

  4. He doesn’t need a long-term deal right now. The tag price is fair, IF he’s productive and can stay healthy. In essence, he’s playing this year for longer contract, which is a smart move by the Bears front office.

  5. $11m for Doug Baldwin is insane. Braylon Edwards, James Jones, Dwayne Bowe, just to grab a few – one random year with a bunch of TD’s after years of mediocrity is an outlier, not an indicator of a new trend.

  6. Jeffery could be a strong receiver, but I don’t see him as the type to make others better around him. He functions best with someone on the other side taking coverage away from him. He is still not a very good route runner, and seems to struggle with comebacks and sharp direction changes. He is really a jump-ball guy, and needs a threat on the other side to be really productive.

    The Bears may have that in Kevin White. He has the speed Jeffery doesn’t, and will be on a rookie contract for 2 more years, plus an option year.

    I see Jeffery playing this year, and then leaving in free agency, and someone will give him big money, and not be disappointed, but also not be greatly rewarded by his performance. Bears are playing this one the right way. Jeffery believes he is a #1 receiver, so let him prove it.

  7. Hey, you can’t fault Jeffrey for trying to get what he believes is fair market price for his services. All of us would do the same exact thing in his position. Had he started all 16 games last year and put up big numbers again, the Bears would probably have felt more confident paying him long term. Too many questions on the roster now, with a new regime that favors a youth movement. Will definitely be interesting to see the dynamic this season with Kevin White on the other side.

  8. Mixed feelings on this guy big-time. Is he the Bears best WR? When healthy, without question. Is he better than Keenan Allen and Doug Baldwin? No question. Is he a Top 5 NFL WR? No way. Maybe the bottom of the Top 10 but again, his lack of availability severely hurt the Bears last year and arguably cost them the playoffs.

    What he’s essentially getting from the tag this year is make-up pay for overperforming his rookie contract. I’m fine with that although he did cost the Bears two draft picks in the tradeup so he’s not a true 2nd round “steal” per se. It remains to be seen if he can stay healthy enough to be worth that kind of money multiple years with a huge guarantee. Scenarios like this are exactly why the tag is in place and IMO the Bears FO is playing this situation perfectly.

  9. Hate to break it to some of you, but Doug Baldwin didn’t just get an extension because of his 14 TDs last year. You see, there are other tangibles that are important with wideouts other than stats.

  10. patsxsaintsfan says:
    Jul 8, 2016 7:47 AM
    Yeah you have to pay him 14 million this year but are trying to sign him to a deal around 12 million annually? Why did you guys get rid of Marshall and Bennett and not sign forte if you aren’t going to pay the people that score you points?

    Ayyy fuuuny
    havva fun with Bennett and see howwa Marshall anna Forte do

  11. ariani1985 says:
    Jul 8, 2016 8:37 AM

    I recall Packer fan frankie booth saying that he would take the league minimum to go to green Bay and sit out 2 years. not going to happen!
    ===================================
    Sorry. You must have me mistaken with another poster. I’m a Bears’ fan, and I never posted anything like that.

  12. When healthy, he’s pretty damn good – certainly better than Baldwin. The “when healthy” part is obviously why the contract extension talks are stalled.

  13. alshon needs to become more of a leader to get the money he wants. It was cool being the quiet kid when u had Marshall n Bennett there but now the focus is on u. The franchise tag is the best deal for both sides. He can either cash in or lose money based on what he does this year

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