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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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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

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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

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bears will place the franchise tag on free agent Alshon Jeffery.

The number for receivers under the franchise tag is about $14.5 million. This was the expected outcome and a wise move by the Bears to prevent their best player from reaching the open market. The two sides have until mid-July to agree to a long-term deal. Most are expecting Jeffery to land a deal similar to the five-year, $70 million pact Dez Bryant signed with Dallas last offseason.
Feb 26 - 2:31 PM

According to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, there is "no way" the Bears will let Alshon Jeffery hit the free agent market.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported essentially the same thing as the NFL Combine opened on Wednesday. If the Bears can't get Jeffery nailed down on a long-term deal, they will use the franchise tag to secure his rights before the March 1 deadline. Once Jeffery is tagged or re-signed, the top free agent wideouts left will be Travis Benjamin, Marvin Jones, Rishard Matthews, and Anquan Boldin.
Feb 24 - 12:32 PM

Bears GM Ryan Pace said the team is "aggressively" trying to re-sign free agent Alshon Jeffery, and the franchise tag remains an option.

Negotiations are likely complicated over the fact that Jeffery missed so much time last season due to various injuries. He likely feels he should be paid like an elite No. 1 receiver, while the Bears are probably trying to turn his injury-riddled season into a bargain for them. The Bears have until the afternoon of March 1 to place the franchise tag on Jeffery, which we imagine would happen if the two sides can't come to a long-term agreement before then.
Feb 24 - 9:59 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bears are unsure if they'll use the franchise tag on free agent Alshon Jeffery, and there's "a chance" he hits the market.

The assumption all along has been that if the two sides can't come to a long-term agreement, then the Bears will simply slap Jeffery with the franchise tag. The expectation has been the 26-year-old won't even reach free agency. But Jeffery is coming off an injury-riddled contract season that was littered with soft-tissue calf and hamstring issues. He also had weight and conditioning concerns at South Carolina. Jeffery is still easily the top free-agent receiver.
Feb 19 - 9:25 AM

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe expects impending free agent Alshon Jeffery's next deal to be in the "same neighborhood" of Dez Bryant's recent five-year, $70 million contract.

Jeffery is the top option in a thin free agent class of wide receivers. He had a hard time staying on the field last year but was excellent when healthy, averaging a robust 89.7 yards per game. Bryant earned $45 million guaranteed last offseason and the expectation is that Jeffery will command something similar. There's a strong possibility the Bears will place the franchise tag on Jeffery to buy themselves time as the two sides work on a long-term agreement.
Feb 14 - 9:39 AM

ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson said free agent Alshon Jeffery is likely to return to Chicago.

Jeffery struggled with injuries in 2015, and GM Ryan Pace mentioned some of those concerns when discussing his future. "When Alshon played he was explosive and a playmaker for our offense," Pace said. "Part of the evaluation of a player is his injuries and his availability. We’ll take that into account." Despite Pace's comments, the reality is the Bears cannot let Brandon Marshall and Jeffery leave in back-to-back offseasons, especially considering how little talent there is available in free agency. If they cannot work out a long-term extension, Chicago will likely use the franchise tag to keep Jeffery off the market.
Feb 1 - 12:20 PM

The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs would be "very surprised" if impending free agent Alshon Jeffery didn't return to the Bears.

"I'd expect a C on the side of his helmet," predicted Biggs. Biggs is plugged into the Bears and likely is basing his forecast on inside information. Jeffery was plagued by injuries in 2015, but he's not yet 26 years old and one of the game's most dominant receivers when healthy. We would not be surprised if the Bears strongly considered the franchise tag if long-term contract talks don't get anywhere with Jeffery.
Jan 4 - 12:54 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Jay Cutler
2David Fales
3Matt Blanchard
RB1Jeremy Langford
2Ka'Deem Carey
3Jacquizz Rodgers
4Senorise Perry
GLB1Jeremy Langford
2Ka'Deem Carey
3RB1Jeremy Langford
2Ka'Deem Carey
FB1Paul Lasike
WR11Alshon Jeffery
2Eddie Royal
3Marc Mariani
4Josh Bellamy
5Deonte Thompson
WR21Kevin White
2Marquess Wilson
3Cameron Meredith
4Nathan Palmer
5Marcus Lucas
WR31Eddie Royal
TE1Zach Miller
2Rob Housler
3Khari Lee
4Gannon Sinclair
LT1Charles Leno
2Jason Weaver
3Martin Wallace
LG1Matt Slauson
2Nick Becton
C1Hroniss Grasu
2Manuel Ramirez
3Cornelius Edison
RG1Kyle Long
2Ted Larsen
RT1Bobby Massie
2Tayo Fabuluje
K1Robbie Gould