Alshon Jeffery wants to be paid top dollar. The Chicago Bears wide out is set to play next season under the franchise tag, which is going to pay him $14.6 million. That ranks as the second highest average for a receiver in the entire league. However, Jeffery seems to be looking for that long term deal.
Overall, he’s been pretty quiet on the subject. He hasn’t come out with any controversial quotes. He hasn’t used the media to create some sort of narrative. However, when he did speak to reporters last month, he hinted that the franchise tag wouldn’t do.
“I’ll let my game take care of itself,” said Jeffery. “Everything else is going to get sorted out.”
Last season, Jeffery had 54 catches for 807 yards and 4 touchdowns. However, he played in just 9 games because of injuries. It wasn’t some sort of injury that the team could track or easily fix. It was soft tissue issues. That’s not an injury that always has a clear cut solution.
The season before, in a full 16 game season, he had 85 catches for 1,133 yards and 10 scores. And in 2013, he had his best season with 89 catches 1,421 yards and 7 touchdowns. The 26 year old is entering his 5th season, and wants to get paid like a top level talent.
AJ Green has the highest salary average per year in the NFL at $15 million. Others like Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas have contracts that reach above $70 million dollars over a 5 year period. The big question: Is Alshon Jeffery worth top level money?
Jeffery has already skipped team voluntary work outs this off-season. His nagging injuries last season have put some uncertainty in the minds of the Bears front office. Are the Bears willing to go all in on Jeffery, or risk having him walk away?