Alshon Jeffery takes his talents to Philadelphia

Alshon Jeffery takes his talents to Philadelphia
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 02: Alshon Jeffery #17 of the Chicago Bears participates in warm-ups before a game against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on October 2, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Earlier Thursday, the Bears officially released Jay Cutler and once the new league year opened up the team’s longest-tenured player chose to sign elsewhere.

Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery signed a one-year, $14 million pact with Philadelphia, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

After the Bears slapped the franchise tag on Jeffery a season ago at $14.59 million, they chose not to do that once again this off-season at $17.50 million.

Jeffery departs after five seasons with the Bears, who drafted him in 2012 in the second round out of South Carolina.

The 27-year-old made 56 starts in 63 appearances with 304 receptions for 4,549 yards and 26 touchdowns with the Bears. He started only 21 games the last two seasons as injuries hampered him and a four-game suspension due to PED’s kept him out a month this past year.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport had this interesting nugget about Jeffery’s decision.

Also, the Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs said moments after Jeffery signed with Philadelphia that he got a sense from people that Jeffery was intent on leaving the Bears. Perhaps that had to with all the changes or even the release of his pal Cutler.

Either way, the Bears must are now moving on with Kevin White, Cameron Meredith, Eddie Royal, Daniel Braverman, Josh Bellamy, Dres Anderson and Rueben Randle.

This is a deep draft class of receivers and Terrelle Pryor is still on the free agent market. Cordarelle Patterson and Kendall Wright are also veteran free agents the Bears could add to the mix.

Royal is likely going to be cut with no guaranteed money left on his deal and injuries doing him in over his two seasons in town.

The Bears’ situation at wide receiver is not pretty, but we are still very early in the off-season. The draft will help ease the pain if general manager Ryan Pace can hit on talent there.

ICYMI: Cutler’s time in Chicago is up.

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  • As they have already picked up on the radio, Jeffery got less money and less security than in the last league year. Also, since the only money that counts is "guaranteed money," Rappaport should be more forthcoming about what the Vikings offer was. If it was, say, 3 years with 1 year guaranteed, he would still need to prove himself.

    In any event, it sure looks like Jeffery didn't help his value.

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