Off the Record (OTR)

Jeffery not getting a long-term deal

One of the big questions for the Chicago Bears this offseason was what to do with wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. In the past, he’s been a He Man in terms of production. So much so that they had no problem dumping Brandon Marshall to the Jets for a fifth-round pick.

However, last year he fought through an injury-riddled season and wasn’t nearly as productive. So, you can understand the Bears reluctance to give him a long-term deal. Instead, they slapped the franchise tag on him and he signed it at a value of $14.6 million for next year.

For Bears fans hoping that they get a long-term deal done before the July 15th deadline? Rich Campbell and Dan Weiderer of the Chicago Tribune say “don’t hold your breath.”

While general manager Ryan Pace says that talks have been “cordial” and “productive,” Jeffrey still has a lot to prove. Can he stay healthy? Was last year an anomaly? Will he stay fit?

So far, Jeffery has stayed away from voluntary OTAs. That’s probably not helping him get a long-term deal if that’s what his goal is. As it is now, it looks like it’s a near certainty that Jeffery will play 2016 under the franchise tag and hope strike it rich after that.

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