Bears Unlikely To Trade Alshon Jeffery

Alshon Jeffery has been the subject of trade speculations for the last few weeks, but as the deadline draws near, it doesn’t sound like he’ll be moved. The Bears are not expected to trade the star wide receiver, sources tell Matt Miller of Bleacher Report (on Twitter). Alshon Jeffery (vertical)

Jeffery is in his contract year and it will cost the Bears quite a bit if they want to lock him up for the long run. Still, the Bears do not feel totally comfortable going into 2017 with Kevin White as their top receiver, according to sources who spoke with Miller. Jeffery is a pending free agent and the Bears’ reluctance to let so much ride on White could be a sign that they are serious about a long-term deal. White, taken with the seventh overall pick in the 2015 draft, suffered a fractured fibula earlier this month and landed on IR. If he recovers well from surgery, he could return for Chicago later on this season.

Jeffery’s next contract could be for upwards of $14MM per season, putting him right in the same neighborhood as Julio Jones, Demaryius Thomas, and Dez Bryant. A.J. Green currently has the highest average salary of any wide receiver at $15MM. The Bears used the franchise tag on Jeffery last offseason and it is unlikely that they would go that route again.

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4 comments on “Bears Unlikely To Trade Alshon Jeffery

  1. Ravens_Last_Place

    Trade him. Get the pick(s). Then focus on getting a real franchise QB. After you have a franchise QB, build them team around him. Otherwise who is going to throw to Alshon? No one. Why pay a WR big money if you don’t have a QB that can feed him the ball consistently so he can put up the numbers to earn that contract?

    • Ravens_Last_Place

      My guess…landing spots could be NE, DAL, PHI.

  2. CodyGadbois

    He’s hurt all the time. I feel like he sits out sometimes when he could play. A big contract would probably not help that cause

  3. Reinald Vallejo

    Now he is facing a PED suspension!

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