Dec 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) attempts to make a catch against the Green Bay Packers during the fourth quarter at Soldier Field. The Green Bay Packers win 33-28. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Chicago Bears to turn their attention to Alshon Jeffery?


 

Dec 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) attempts to make a catch against the Green Bay Packers during the fourth quarter at Soldier Field. The Green Bay Packers win 33-28. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Now that the Chicago Bears have officially inked a four-year, $40 million deal with wide receiver Brandon Marshall, they will likely turn their attention to their other starting wide receiver, Alshon Jeffery.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk wonders what kind of deal the Bears will have to give Jeffery and if they will have to give more money than Marshall, who is six years older than Jeffery.

So if Marshall is worth $10 million per year, what will Jeffery get?  He’s eligible for a new contract after the 2014 regular season, and he’ll be a free agent after 2015.  The Bears will need to pay Jeffery as much or more than Marshall, sooner rather than later.

And if they decide that they can’t afford both, the actual guarantee in Marshall’s deal becomes even more relevant, because that will help the Bears figure out when they could move on from Marshall.

After a slow rookie campaign, Jeffery had a huge second season with the Bears. The 24-year old made 89 catches for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns. Marshall made 100 receptions for 1,295 yards with 12 touchdowns last season.

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  • FJ doreza

    The Bears will make room next year by cutting DJ Williams Draughn, Hixon, Morgan, Paea, and with Briggs, Tillman, and the other one year veterans, they will have priority signings while the team gets younger through free agency, tryouts and the draft. Next year the Bears will continue to fill their roster with more talented youth. I love Brandon but I don’t think he’s worth ten million a year..WHY? Because he’s had two knee and one hip surgeries, and when you look at his numbers you’ll see his 100 receptions but less yardage than Jeffery mainly because his YAC have been minimal. He doesn’t have the speed and quickness to make people miss or gain more yards but I hope that with his off season training he’s improved his running ability. Otherwise, I see Marquess Wilson as a future star receiver IF Cutler can get him the ball. Wilson has the leaping ability, body control, size and speed, to be another big threat WO. He’s got great hands and plays fearlessly,attributes of great receivers. Ryan Groy is another starting caliber OL that will give the Bears some power blocking which they’ll need with Carey mainly running between the tackles..I would also love to see Carey run out the I formation instead of just in zone schemes. Next year, if Forte is let go, which is crazy because Cutler should be the one going, the Bears would need another RB, and if Conte or the other safety options are gone, the Bears should try to draft Patrick Henry RB, or Todd Gurley RB and SS Landon Colins..man that would be a loaded team.