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Bears Not Expected To Use Franchise Tag On Alshon Jeffery

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(Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

Alshon Jeffery
Alshon Jeffery could find a new home this offseason as Chicago has decided they won’t place the franchise tag on him. (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

Alshon Jeffery may have played his last game as a member of the Chicago Bears. After placing the franchise tag on him last offseason, it appears Chicago will not do so this offseason. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport first reported the news.

The tag number for Jeffery is exponentially higher because they used it on him last season. If you look solely at his numbers in 2016, Jeffery isn’t worth anywhere close to the $17 million franchise tag (52 catches, 821 yards, 2 touchdowns). He was also suspended for four games because of PED’s. It’s possible the Bears could retain him this offseason but it won’t be at that high price tag.

The Philadelphia Eagles are one team that has known interest. Philadelphia is searching for a receiver to help Carson Wentz develop. Other teams will likely make it tough for the Bears to keep their shiny wide out. Jeffery, 27, will likely get a big time deal despite a down season in 2016 that was marred by bad quarterback play.

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