Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was reportedly deciding between sticking with the Bears or signing with the Philadelphia Eagles. Today he made his decision loud and clear: Jeffery will be a member of the Eagles after signing a one-year deal.
WR Alshon Jeffery is a 1-year deal for $14M to #Eagles.
— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 9, 2017
Jeffery joins the Eagles on the same day the team signed another veteran wide receiver, Torrey Smith from the San Francisco 49ers. Young quarterback Carson Wentz needs sure-handed weapons after an up and down 2016 season which saw the Eagles finish last in the NFC East with a 7-9 record.
The Bears drafted Jeffery in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He instantly became part of one of the best wide receiver tandems in the league alongside Brandon Marshall. In 2013 Alshon Jeffery was a Pro Bowler after scoring seven touchdowns on over 1,500 yards from scrimmage.
The last two seasons gave Bears management cause for concern regarding Alshon Jeffery’s injury issues. He only started eight games in 2015 after suffering a season-ending hamstring injury. In 2016 Jeffery was suspended four games for violating the league’s banned substances policy.
From a historical standpoint, Alshon Jeffery is one of the best receivers the Chicago Bears have ever had. He ranks third all-time in Bears career receiving yards, ahead of Hall of Famers Walter Payton and Mike Ditka. He was an instant touchdown threat the second he stepped foot on the field alongside Brandon Marshall.
Jeffery’s departure means the Bears wide receiving corps looks like this:
Current WRs on #Bears roster: Dres Anderson, Josh Bellamy, Daniel Braverman, Cameron Meredith, Rueben Randle, Eddie Royal & Kevin White
— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) March 9, 2017
The oft-injured Kevin White remains a wild card on this team and it’s unclear what can be expected of a player who’s only played in four games over two years.
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