Report: Bears not expected to tag Alshon Jeffery again

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There’s no doubt Alshon Jeffery has talent, and hasn’t had the best supporting cast around him lately. But it doesn’t appear the Bears are willing to invest more than $17 million for a year to make sure he stays.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Bears are not expected to use the franchise tag again on the wide receiver.

This one is practically #asexpected, mostly because Jeffery hasn’t been very good the last two years. He’s missed 11 games with a combination of injuries and a PED suspension, and he’s barely topped 800 yards in each of them.

After totaling 2,554 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns the two years before, he seemed poised to break the bank. But it appears he’ll get a chance at the market now.

There should still be plenty of interest in the 27-year-old Jeffery, but it appears the Bears aren’t willing to pay a premium price for one more season of him.

26 responses to “Report: Bears not expected to tag Alshon Jeffery again

  1. As a Bears fan I was very high on John Pace, now I think he is trying to remake the team from top to bottom, and it will be many more years of high draft choices to make this team competitive again.
    Also, I cannot believe how much long term damage Trestman did to this team in two years, but everyone blames Cutler!

  2. This has all the earmarks of a guy that will end up in New England.

    1. The Bears would be better served spending that money elsewhere.

    2. Alshon’s a great talent that may or may not be declining, who may very well take a reasonably priced one year deal with a great supporting cast in order to cash in the following year (or even stay put in New England if it works out for all involved).

    3. There’s also the lure of playing for the best run franchise in the league, with the very real possibility of winning a championship.

    4. Belichick is the absolute master at making these kind of deals and then making them work.

    ~Not a Pats fan~ (just an admirer of how well they do things)

  3. I doubt he’ll be back in Chicago. A lot of teams could use him, especially places like Philadelphia where they need improvement at WR. Washington, if they let Garçon and Jackson walk, could be an option, too. He’s just gonna cost too much to justify keeping. I just look at Julio Jones. They gave up a lot of draft picks to get him (I think it was 3 first rounders), but it didn’t get them far until they had other pieces around him like Freeman & Coleman, an improved o-line, and supporting receivers. $51M later, no Super Bowl ring. Close, but not quite. The Bears need more than just Jeffrey.

  4. If the plan is to bring back Hoyer at QB, then there is no reason to bring back Jeffery in my opinion. Hoyer is too risk-averse to utilize Jeffery on the routes he runs best. Hoyer won’t throw balls that are 50/50, because of the risk of INT, and Jeffery can’t get lateral separation on anything other than go routes.

    I keep going back to the end of a game last season where the defense showed a bracket look on Jeffery, and Hoyer never even looked at him post snap to see the safety moved across the field to the other side. He threw into triple coverage on Cam Meredith instead of a 1 on 1 matchup with Jeffery near the end zone. Ball fell incomplete, Bears lose. Might have been the same result if he threw to Jeffery, but winning QBs find those plays and try to make them. Hoyer doesn’t make any adjustment post-snap.

    I think the Bears must figure there is no chance of a tag and trade deal, or else they would tag him and negotiate with other teams for compensation. Or they have a deal in place, and are just finalizing the details, which I think would be a mistake.

    This is one of those situations where both the Bears and the player are better off parting ways. As usual, the coaching staff, rather than designing a scheme to maximize their players, is designing their roster to work with their scheme. It is one of the reasons why the Bears don’t win consistently, and haven’t since the early days of Ditka. Jeffery is not a #1 WR, and will never be in my opinion, but he can be a dangerous weapon in the passing game with the right pieces opposite him. The Bears don’t have those either, so no sense in paying the man $17M this year.

  5. dabears62 says:
    Feb 27, 2017 7:10 AM
    As a Bears fan I was very high on John Pace, now I think he is trying to remake the team from top to bottom, and it will be many more years of high draft choices to make this team competitive again.
    Also, I cannot believe how much long term damage Trestman did to this team in two years, but everyone blames Cutler!

    ////////–

    Plus CHICAGO had that great basketball player Melvin Jordan, #23.

  6. Jeffery is one of the 5 most skilled players on a Bears team that has little or no legitimate starting talent at several positions. Creating yet another hole to fill by letting Alshon walk is something I’m sure Ryan Pace doesn’t want to do but at the same time he isn’t going to be afraid to drop out of the race if bidding gets too rich.

    What I as a Bears fan am worried about is Alshon walks and then Pace turns right around and spends a 1st or 2nd round pick at WR when there are already huge holes that need filled all across the D-backfield, on the DL and at TE, and of course the biggest elephant in the room, QB. We saw that movie once before when Pave gave Brandon Marshall away and drafted Kevin White drafted to replace him and that hasn’t worked out so well.

  7. Let. Him. Go.

    The last thing the Bears need right now is to be overpaying a WR while they still have no idea who the guy throwing the ball will be.

  8. bassplucker says:
    Feb 27, 2017 9:35 AM

    Jeffery is one of the 5 most skilled players on a Bears team that has little or no legitimate starting talent at several positions. Creating yet another hole to fill by letting Alshon walk is something I’m sure Ryan Pace doesn’t want to do but at the same time he isn’t going to be afraid to drop out of the race if bidding gets too rich.

    What I as a Bears fan am worried about is Alshon walks and then Pace turns right around and spends a 1st or 2nd round pick at WR when there are already huge holes that need filled all across the D-backfield, on the DL and at TE, and of course the biggest elephant in the room, QB. We saw that movie once before when Pave gave Brandon Marshall away and drafted Kevin White drafted to replace him and that hasn’t worked out so well.
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    If Jeffery gets out of town, their WR group is basically Cam Meredith and Kevin White, assuming they release Eddie Royal. They will have to do a lot at WR this offseason, even if they bring back Jeffery. I would rather not use one of their first two picks, but the value may make it worth it. Zay Jones if they trade back in round 2, or John Ross (a legit deep threat) at the top of 2 would be ok with me, as long as they take care of safety and CB in free agency with Jefferson and one of the group of Gilmore/Johnson/Bouye. FA will be critical to set the draft board, and since there are so many good DBs in FA, they should solve it with ascending players coming into their prime, and then build cornerstones with the draft at WR, TE, QB, and depth at CB and S. DL should be a “target of opportunity” type draft strategy, especially since they are in a 2-DL look half the time. If they can keep Goldman healthy, having him and Hicks in that set will be a lot of fun to watch. Bullard should also be taking a step forward, but that remains to be seen.

  9. I really don’t want the Eagles to make a run at him, but I have a feeling they will. I’d much rather see them sign a dependable middle of the road veteran WR (maybe a Kenny Stills type), and then draft a guy in the 2nd or 3rd round, as opposed to spending huge $$$ on a guy who will be on the IR after 4 weeks.

  10. I dont mind either way if he ends up leaving or not. If he does go I expect ryan pace to fill the void in with another receiver in free agency and wont get out of the draft without having snagged one. Kevin white is a huge question mark and [insert name of quarterback here] is going to need more than Cameron Meridith to throw to.

  11. When he’s on the field and the QB looks his way, he’s still a heck of a player. This just created another big hole, and took away one of the only above average starters on the team. Three seasons ago, we had Alshon, Marshall, and Bennett, all of whom can still play. Now, we have none, and we got nothing in return. Meredith seems like he’s a pretty good players, but we’re looking at him as the #1 and hopefully White as the #2 now. Considering that White sure did not look like any type of impact player in the little amount of time that he’s been on the field, we’re really not setting the next QB up to succeed. I really hope that I’m wrong here, but next year could be another rough one in the passing game.

  12. worth about 9 mill as whoever signs him will only get him for 1/2 the games on their schedule.
    Good hands but not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

  13. There’s actually going to be quite a few FA WRs on the market, so it will be interesting to see what kind of interest he garners. I don’t get the NE reference, as his skill set hardly fits that offensive scheme.

  14. I’m getting tired of reading that every once-great-player is now a reclamation project for the Patriots. Yes, I get that they have done this successfully many times, but to read it as often as I do here one would begin to think that the Patriots will never need draft picks cuz all they need to do is pick up broken stars and make them great again.

  15. It’s just another hole that Pace is going to have to fill, and he’s creating more holes in a team with too many already. Prospects aren’t looking good for next year.

  16. Never seized on chances to become a top 3 superstar at the position, even with TWO consecutive contract years. Was not even a reliable member of the gameday roster for those two years. No way does that warrant to a $17M a year. There’s a difference between just letting go of talent and making a smart money decision against high risk.

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