Report: Bears expected to retain WR Alshon Jeffery

The Chicago Bears were without their 2015 first-round pick, wide receiver Kevin White, after he went down with an Achilles injury ahead of the season last year. That caused star receiver Alshon Jeffery to step up and prove his worth to the team.

He certainly did just that and it looks like the team wants to keep him in anyway possible. According to ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson, the Bears are expected to retain Jeffery this year, whether it is by franchise tagging him or signing him to a long-term deal.

We’re actively and aggressively negotiating right now,” Bears general manager Ryan Pace said at the NFL combine. “We understand the deadline is Tuesday for the franchise tag. That’s an option. We have until Tuesday to make that decision. But right now that’s ongoing. But, no, that option [the franchise tag] is still on the table.”

In his four years as a Bear, Jeffery has recorded 3,728 yards with 24 touchdowns. Having him locked down for a long-term deal would certainly be the best thing for the team to do at this point.

If he does come back for the 2016 season, he and White should be big pieces for their offense throughout the season.

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