The July 15th deadline came and went and Alshon Jeffrey’s representatives were unable to reach a deal with the Chicago Bears. Thus, Jeffrey, who signed a franchise tag tender back in March, will play this season, under the tender, for a cool $14,599,000 one year deal.
Jeffrey, 6’3”, 213lbs, and the Bears can’t negotiate a deal until after the season is over according to the current CBA. Wide receiver Jeffrey is a 2nd round draft pick from the University of South Carolina. He made the Pro Bowl in 2013 after catching 89 passes for 1,421 yards and 7 touchdowns. In 2014, he caught 85 passes for 1,113 yards and 10 TD’s.
Last season, he was hurt and played in 9 of the 16 scheduled games. He had injuries to his calf, hamstring, groin, and shoulder. He caught 54 passes for 807 yards and 4 TD’s.
Jeffrey spoke to the media and this was reported by ChicagoBears.com
Jeffrey was at mandatory team mini-camp in mid-June. He expressed an upbeat outlook on what the team could accomplish this coming season. “It’s going to be exciting, just making progress, getting everyone on the same page…I know we’re going to have fun out there, as we look forward to a special year.”
A critical component to the success of the offense is having a healthy Jeffrey. He didn’t exhibit any warning signs in mini-camp.
Jeffrey is coming into his 5th season and figures to play a big role in Chicago’s passing attack. However, there are question marks about the health of the Bears’ receiving corps –is Jeffrey going to Ok? And, what about wide-out Kevin White, who hasn’t played a down, due to stress fractures in his shins? It is good to hear Jeffrey sound an optimistic note. This off-season is an important time for both Jeffrey and White, to strengthen and test their bodies.