Apart from the $3.43 million he’ll lose in 2016 base salary for his four-game suspension, Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery will see plenty of other money disappear, too.
The chances of the Bears using the franchise tag on Jeffery again, at a price of $17.52 million have no plunged to nil, which means that the market will set his value. And his market value will be impaired by the possibility of another violation.
Also impacting his value will be the fact that, for two straight contract years, Jeffery has been far from dominant. He missed seven games due to injury in 2015, generating only 807 receiving yards. This year, he has 630 receiving yards in nine games.
The question is whether what he accomplished in 2013 and 2014 will entice a team to roll the dice. Regardless, the jackpot has now moved into a new ballpark, given the combination of the four-game suspension and two subpar seasons.
It was a mild surprise that the Bears used the tag on Jeffery for 2016. Surely, they now regret the decision. Come 2017, he’ll need to convince the Bears or someone else that they won’t regret signing him to a new contract.