Alshon Jeffery’s contract at top of mind Monday night

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I had a strange feeling Monday night and it wasn’t due to bad chicken wings or embarrassing football.

In the midst of the Bears’ 29-14 devastating disaster to the Philadelphia Eagles, all I could think about was how important it was for the Bears to re-sign wide receiver Alshon Jeffery this upcoming offseason.

The Bears could not reach an agreement with Jeffery on a long-term deal this summer and it led the front office slapping the franchise tag on Jeffery, who fortunately signed the tender and did not hold out. Some in the media have speculated that Jeffery intentionally set a higher bar for his contract negotiations because he’s not keen on playing football in Chicago.

If that’s the case, it’ll be a bitter pill to swallow to watch Jeffery leave for greener pastures because he’s the offensive weapon the team so desperately needs for its rebuild.

Watching Jeffery these past five seasons has been an enjoyable experience because of his ability to challenge defensive backs for jump balls. He has oven mitts for hands and seemingly can haul in anything thrown within his large catch radius. It’s difficult to think about letting that go without any sort of compensation.

I think the Bears are in decent cap shape and if they have to overspend at that position in order to make Jeffery happy and keep him in Chicago, then that’s what general manager Ryan Pace should do.

The team has already lost such offensive weapons as Brandon Marshall, Martellus Bennett, and Matt Forte in recent seasons. I’d hate for them to lose Jeffery, too.

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