Alshon Jeffery
WR CHI (9)
3 weeks ago2 Comments

Jeffery and the Bears are not expected to reach agreement on a long-term extension by Friday's deadline, so he's likely to play this season under the team's $14.6 million franchise tag, the Chicago Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Jeffery is seeking a long-term deal comparable to some of the NFL's elite wideouts, but after he missed seven games last season due to various injuries, the Bears are understandably reluctant to reward him with a huge financial commitment. Furthermore, even though Jeffery topped 85 catches, 1,100 yards and seven touchdowns while playing as a No. 2 receiver in a pass-happy offense in both 2013 and 2014, he managed just 54 receptions for 807 yards and four scores as the top target in a more balanced scheme last year. The presence of dynamic 2015 first-rounder Kevin White should place less pressure on Jeffery in the passing game this season, but he'll need to prove he can remain healthy and productive to earn the type of contract he desires.

Alshon Jeffery
WR CHI (9)
2 months ago

Jeffery reported to the Bears' mandatory minicamp Monday, reports Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune.

EDGE Analysis

This comes as no surprise, as Jeffery was expected to attend minicamp after signing his franchise tender on March 8. However, he opted to skip the volunteer portion of the offseason program, and spent his time training in Miami. Although he's seeking a long-term contract, multiple people with knowledge of the situation expect Jeffery to play this season on the tender he signed, and consider a new deal getting done by July 15 to be unlikely. Should he play on the tender, he'll be plenty motivated to be at his best this year, so that he can earn a big payday in free agency.

Alshon Jeffery
WR CHI (9)
3 months ago

GM Ryan Pace relayed Wednesday that the Bears continue to negotiate with Jeffery on a long-term deal to keep the wideout with the team beyond 2016.

EDGE Analysis

Meanwhile, while the voluntary portion of the Bears' offseason program continues, Pace noted that Jeffery has been training in Florida. Given that Jeffery has already signed his franchise-tag tender with the Bears, his current absence from Halas Hall isn't really ominous and the wideout should be back with the team no later than June 14, when the Bears' mandatory minicamp begins.

Alshon Jeffery
WR CHI (9)
5 months ago

Jeffery has signed his franchise tag tender with the Bears, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

With that detail taken care of, Jeffery is now in line to earn $14.599 million this coming season, though the Bears and the wideout also have until July 15 to potentially reach a long-term deal to keep him in the fold beyond 2016. Though injuries limited the wideout to nine contests this past season, Jeffery still managed to lead the team with 54 catches for 807 yards and four touchdowns in that span. Per the report, Jeffery has been training this offseason at Jay Glazer's mixed-martial arts gym in California, with an eye toward helping the wideout avoid the sort of soft-tissue issues that hampered him in 2015. In any case, the 26-year-old pass-catcher is slated to continue in his role as QB Jay Cutler's top receiving weapon in the Chicago offense in 2016.

Alshon Jeffery
WR CHI (9)
5 months ago

The Bears have placed their franchise tag on Jeffery.

EDGE Analysis

As a result, the Bears will keep the wideout from entering free agency, while Jeffery will be guaranteed a one-year contract worth $14.599 million for the coming campaign. Though various injuries limited Jeffery to nine games this past season, he still managed to lead the Bears with 54 receptions for 807 yards to go along with four touchdowns in that span. With a full offseason to heal up, Jeffery is now in line to reprise his role in 2016 as QB Jay Cutler's top pass-catching weapon in the Chicago offense.

Alshon Jeffery
WR CHI (9)
5 months ago

The Bears will continue to attempt to sign Jeffery to a long-term contract before the Tuesday deadline to use the franchise tag, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribue reports.

EDGE Analysis

It appears Jeffery will remain in Chicago for at least 2016 and quite possibly for years to follow. Despite the short-term deadline, both sides will have until July to agree on a long-term contract. Despite coming off an injury-plagued 2015 season, Jeffery had logged 16 games in each of the previous two seasons.

Alshon Jeffery
WR CHI (9)
5 months ago

Jeffery will receive the Bears' franchise tag, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

EDGE Analysis

Jeffery's contract situation was an item the Bears hoped to iron out this week, and with a long-term deal more difficult to agree on, Chicago will opt to place their franchise tag on Jeffery. Doing so will prevent Jeffery from hitting the free agent market, where he'd be the clear-cut best player at his position this offseason. Jeffery's franchise tag must be formally applied by March 1, and would guarantee him a one-year contract worth around $14.5 million.

Alshon Jeffery
WR CHI (9)
5 months ago

The Bears are expected to use the franchise tag on Jeffery, if the two sides are unable to agree to a long-term contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Other organizations can make contact with Jeffery's representatives as early as March 7, leaving that date as the unspoken deadline to come to agreeable terms. The 2016 free-agent class is lacking in talent at wide receiver, with Jeffery the clear-cut No. 1 option. Thus, it's in the Bears' best interest to ensure no outside party has a chance to swipe the fourth-year wideout from under their noses.

Alshon Jeffery
WR CHI (9)
5 months ago

Jeffery's representatives could meet with the Bears to discuss his future with the team this week, The Chicago Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Jeffery completed the final year of his rookie contract this past season, but only managed 54 catches for 807 yards and four touchdowns in nine games played. While leg muscle injuries derailed his campaign, Jeffery is still the top free agent wideout this offseason, giving the Bears significant incentive to retain his services. The sticking point, however, is if Jeffery will remain in Chicago via the franchise tag, which must be applied by March 1, or on a long-term contract. With that urgent situation at hand, Jeffery's representatives and the Bears could very well make progress in sorting out his future in the coming days.

Alshon Jeffery
WR CHI (9)
7 months ago

The Bears have placed Jeffery (hamstring) on IR.

EDGE Analysis

Jeffery's 2015 campaign -- his fourth with the Bears -- was hampered by nagging injuries that limited him to just nine games. When healthy enough to suit up, he was productive for the team, catching 54 passes for 807 yards and four touchdowns. Looking ahead, the 25-year-old -- who now has the entire offseason to bounce back from his various aches and pains -- is slated to become a free agent, and we suspect that the Bears will make retaining the talented wideout a priority, with the team applying its franchise tag on Jeffery one possible outcome to that end. In his absence in the team's regular season finale against the Lions, Eddie Royal, Marc Mariani and Josh Bellamy are in line to head the team's Week 17 wideout corps.