Bears hang tag on Alshon Jeffery

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To no one’s surprise, the Chicago Bears used their franchise tag designation on WR Alshon Jeffery. The move gives the Bears more time to try and hammer out a long-term deal with Jeffery with no threat of losing him. Clubs have until July 15 to negotiate a contract.

Jeffery has appeared in 51 games with 44 starts over four seasons (2012-15) with the Bears, hauling in 252 receptions for 3,728 yards (14.8 ypr) and 24 touchdowns. Since 2013, Jeffery ranks ninth in the NFL in receiving yards (3,361) and tied for 14th in receiving touchdowns (21) in 41 games played.

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The second-round selection (45th overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft is one of five players in franchise history with two 1,000-yard receiving seasons, accomplishing the feat in 2013 (1,421 yards) and 2014 (1,133 yards). His 1,421 receiving yards in 2013 are second-most in Bears single-season history and helped him earn his first Pro Bowl selection. His 12 100-yard receiving games are already tied for 12th most in franchise history. Jeffery also holds the top two single-game marks in franchise annals for receiving yards: 249 at Minnesota (12/1/13) and 218 versus New Orleans (10/6/13).

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