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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