Where would the Bears be this season without Alshon Jeffery? It’s a question Bears fans are wondering, and one that the Bears front office will have to answer at season’s end when it’s time for them to sit down at the negotiating table with the free-agent-to-be.
Jeffery continued to play an integral role in the offense as Jay Cutler’s go-to guy in Sunday’s 24-21 loss to the Washington Redskins. He secured six catches for 107 yards and a touchdown, including a 50-yard bomb on the Bears’ final drive of the game.
Jeffery is too good for the Bears to let walk away in free agency. But is he good enough, and can he stay healthy enough, to be paid like some of the best receivers in the game? There’s no question that he and his agent feel he’s worth it, but do the Bears?
I think the Bears could be headed toward applying the franchise tag on Jeffery unless they feel comfortable enough about his health to lock him up long term.