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.
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.