Chicago Bears will not give Alshon Jeffery the Franchise Tag

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bears will not use the franchise tag on free agent Alshon Jeffery. Given the trust issues that have been built up with Jeffery as well as my confidence in the Bears' desire to want to spend big dollars to keep him around, his tenure in Chicago could very well be over.

Throughout Ryan Pace's first two years as general manager, he has remained steadfast in assigning a value to individual players and adhering to that during negotiations. Jeffery made $14.6 million after being tagged last season. After only finding the end zone twice in 12 games past year, this decision by Chicago shouldn't come as a surprise, as the last thing they want to do is overpay a player like Jeffery when they don't even know who their quarterback is going to be heading into Week 1 next season.

In 12 games a year ago, Jeffrey totaled 52 catches (94 targets) for 821 yards and two touchdowns. Jeffery has had an underwhelming past two seasons, managing fewer than 850 receiving yards in both 2015 and 2016 and tallying just six total touchdowns over that span. Jeffery broke into the National Football League with Groh as his position coach and had his most productive seasons under his tutelage. Jeffery should land a monster deal on the open market as the top wideout available. The Bears at least were pleased by former undrafted receiver Cameron Meredith's development last season in his second year.

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