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Alshon Jeffery | Wide Receiver | #17

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/14/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 216
College: South Carolina
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 2 (45) / CHI
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ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson questions whether the Bears view Alshon Jeffery as "a true No. 1 receiver."
"Chicago’s approach in negotiations suggests they view Jeffery more as a "1A" or elite No. 2 wideout," Dickerson continued. The Bears certainly were not willing to give Jeffery elite money this summer, but it was assumed his injury history was the main concern. Perhaps the Bears also question his ability, but his 5.6/82/.5 per-game average over the last three seasons would seem to fly in the face of those concerns. If Jeffery stays healthy this season, he is going to get paid No. 1 money by someone next spring. He is still only 26 years old. Jul 16 - 11:33 AM

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The Bears failed to reach a long-term deal with franchise-tagged WR Alshon Jeffery before Friday's deadline.

Jeffery wanted Dez Bryant money but that was never going to happen after his injury-plagued 2015 campaign. The 26-year-old still offers WR1 potential and could be in for a massive payday if he stays healthy in 2016. He'll play this year under the $14.599 million franchise tag.
Jul 15 - 4:25 PM

The Chicago Tribune's Dan Wiederer reports "it would take a dramatic twist" for Alshon Jeffery and the Bears to reach a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline.

Jeffery wants to be paid like an elite receiver, and the Bears want to see a healthy and effective season before they hand over that kind of money. Both positions are perfectly reasonable, but they also make a long-term contract impossible. Unless something drastic happens, Jeffery will play out this year under the tag.
Jul 11 - 10:13 AM

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports both the Bears and franchise-tagged WR Alshon Jeffery are "not confident" that a long-term deal will be reached by next Friday.

Jeffery is slated to earn $14.599 million on the franchise tag this year, so he's going to want his annual average to come in somewhere close to that on a long-term agreement. Per Garafolo, Jeffery wants more than $12 million annually, while the Bears want him to settle into the Allen Hurns-Doug Baldwin-Keenan Allen range around $10-11 million per year. The two sides have until next Friday, July 15 to reach a long-term contract.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 8 - 9:25 AM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports the Bears and franchise player Alshon Jeffery "(continue) to talk about a long-term contract."

It's been looking like Jeffery will play under his one-year tender, but the sides haven't hung up the phone for good. Per Fowler, "if a deal happens, it will be late in process." July 15 is the deadline.
Jun 21 - 1:33 PM

Franchise-tagged WR Alshon Jeffery reported to Bears mandatory minicamp on Monday.

Jeffery ruffled a few feathers by skipping OTAs, but he's ready to resume his role as Chicago's top wideout. There hasn't been much progress in contract talks and it's anyone's guess if Jeffery will have a new deal before the July 15 deadline. Jeffery finished eighth in receiving yards per game last year (89.7) but only suited up for nine games while battling a slew of injuries.
Jun 13 - 12:00 PM

The Chicago Tribune's Dan Wiederer reports it is a "near certainty" Alshon Jeffery plays out 2016 under the terms of the franchise tag.

GM Ryan Pace has called contract talks "cordial" and "productive," but Wiederer's sources say "there are no indications" the Bears will push for a long-term deal this summer. The move makes sense for Chicago. Jeffery has had conditioning questions in the past and struggled through an injury-riddled campaign last season. He is also skipping voluntary work this year despite signing his franchise tag in early March. With no idea how healthy or motivated Jeffery is for this season or beyond, the Bears might be happy moving forward with sophomore Kevin White as their No. 1 after this year. Even while hurt last year, Jeffery showed he has top-flight talent, but he needs to prove he can stay on the field.
May 31 - 10:23 AM

Bears GM Ryan Pace said he would rather Alshon Jeffery train with the team.

Jeffery has not participated in voluntary workouts. "In a perfect world, would we like him to be here with his teammates and building those relationships? Sure," Pace said. "But I also understand it's voluntary and that's the action he's chosen to take." Pace also said contract talks with the franchise-tagged receiver have been "cordial" and "productive," but he added there is no news to report. The two sides should come to an agreement before the July 15 deadline.
Apr 28 - 9:07 AM

Franchise-tagged WR Alshon Jeffery has not participated in the Bears' voluntary workout program.

The absence is not believed to be contract related. Jeffery has already signed his franchise tender, and both sides are reportedly motivated to get a long-term deal done prior to the July 15 deadline. Jeffery reportedly informed the team ahead of time he planned to train on his own in South Florida. He is expected back for the mandatory portion of the offseason program.
Source: ESPN
Apr 25 - 9:31 PM

Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson reports the Bears are "motivated" to reach a long-term deal with franchise player Alshon Jeffery.

Jeffery has already signed his $14.599 million tender. The sides have until July 15 to reach a long-term accord. When it's all said and done, Jeffery will probably get a deal similar to Dez Bryant's five-year, $70 million pact.
Apr 12 - 6:13 PM

Bears re-signed franchise player WR Alshon Jeffery to a one-year, $14.599 million contract.

Signing the deal guarantees Jeffery's $14.6 million salary, but the Bears are hopeful it eventually results in a long-term arrangement. Still only 26 years old, Jeffery's 2015 16-game pace stats were 96-1,435-7, though he missed seven games due to injury. Jeffery played full 16-game seasons in both 2013 and 2014, suggesting last year's injuries can largely be chalked up as bad luck.
Mar 8 - 11:57 AM

ESPN Chicago reports the Bears had "several productive rounds of talks" with franchise player Alshon Jeffery at the Combine.

Per reporter Jeff Dickerson, the Bears are "just as motivated as Jeffery" to reach a long-term agreement. The sides have until July 15 to hammer out a pact. NFL Network's Rand Getlin reported Tuesday there is "still distance to cover" in talks.
Mar 1 - 5:06 PM

Bears assigned the franchise tag to WR Alshon Jeffery.

NFL Network's Rand Getlin reports there is "still distance to cover" in the Bears' long-term negotiations with Jeffery, but that is clearly the goal of the team. Jeffery's guaranteed one-year tag is worth $14.599 million. Jeffery, 26, has developed into arguably the NFL's most dominant pass catcher in the contested game and Jay Cutler's most trusted target since Brandon Marshall's departure. The Bears have a chance to field one of the league's premier wide receiver corps if Jeffery, 2015 first-round pick Kevin White, slot man Eddie Royal, and promising reserve Marquess Wilson can get and stay healthy.
Feb 29 - 3:00 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports contract talks between the Bears and free agent Alshon Jeffery are "ongoing" and both the franchise tag and a long-term deal remain "in play."

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported last Friday that Jeffery would be getting the tag, but in an ideal world the Bears would lock up Jeffery without having to commit a top-five cap number to a player for just one season. The general feeling in Chicago is that contract talks have so far been amicable, and there's a good chance Jeffery gets locked up even if he wears the franchise tag first.
Feb 29 - 2:32 PM

The Bears are still discussing a long-term contract with free agent Alshon Jeffery.

There's a chance the two sides will reach a deal before the franchise tag deadline on March 1. If not, the Bears will simply tag him and continue their discussions. Either way, Jeffery will remain in Chicago for at least the 2016 season.
Feb 26 - 4:19 PM

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PosRoleName
QB1Jay Cutler
2Brian Hoyer
3David Fales
4Connor Shaw
RB1Jeremy Langford
2Jordan Howard
3Ka'Deem Carey
4Jacquizz Rodgers
5Senorise Perry
GLB1Jeremy Langford
2Jordan Howard
3RB1Jeremy Langford
2Ka'Deem Carey
FB1Paul Lasike
2Joe Sommers
WR11Alshon Jeffery
2Eddie Royal
3Marc Mariani
4Daniel Braverman
5Deonte Thompson
WR21Kevin White
2Josh Bellamy
3Cameron Meredith
4Marquess Wilson
5Kieran Duncan
WR31Eddie Royal
TE1Zach Miller
2Rob Housler
3Khari Lee
4Tony Moeaki
5Ben Braunecker
LT1Charles Leno
2Jason Weaver
3Martin Wallace
4John Kling
LG1Cody Whitehair
2Ted Larsen
3Adrian Bellard
C1Hroniss Grasu
2Cornelius Edison
RG1Kyle Long
2Nick Becton
3Donovan Williams
RT1Bobby Massie
2Nate Chandler
3Adrian Bellard
K1Robbie Gould