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Alshon Jeffery pens goodbye to Chicago, Bears in Players' Tribune letter

12 March 2017

The Philadelphia Eagles signed wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, formerly of the Chicago Bears, to a one-year, $14 million contract. He was suspended for four games past year for violating the league's PED policy and he has been injured the previous two seasons, playing in 21 of a possible 32 games in that span.

Despite a poor 2016 season, the Eagles hope the addition of Jeffery will help bolster their wide-receiver core. He was healthy in 2013, playing in 16 games and catching 89 balls for 1,421 yards on 148 targets, with seven touchdowns, earning him Pro Bowl honors.

Bolstering the talent at receiver became one of the top priorities of executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman and personnel director Joe Douglas after Eagles' receivers dropped 24 passes in 2016 one year after leading the league in the dubious category. While leaving the Bears is certainly favorable for any player who wants to win, the Eagles remain in rebuilding mode.

"I actually told him that the other day", Jeffery wrote. Two seasons before that, he amassed 1,128 receiving yards. The former Bears receiver, however, hasn't had as many opportunities nor has he been as successful, over the last two seasons as he was earlier in his career. If all goes well, it seems likely that the Eagles will make a push to sign Jeffery to an extension.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport had this interesting nugget about Jeffery's decision. The injury concerns are valid for a player that has missed 11 games over the past two seasons.

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Alshon Jeffery did not get paid. Clearly the open market was a better option, and the Eagles the most lucrative "show me" deal Jeffery could find. In 2014, he caught 85 for 1133 yards and 10 touchdowns. "I think I wore that number in Chicago, I'm gonna leave that in Chicago".

Jeffery reportedly turned down a multi-year with the Vikings but wanted to bet on himself long term with the Eagles and young Carson Wentz.

In six seasons, Smith has 266 catches for 4,521 yards and 37 touchdowns. He was with the Bears in 2015 with Jeffery.

The departure of Marshall to the New York Jets made Jeffery the Bears' leading receiver.

Alshon Jeffery pens goodbye to Chicago, Bears in Players' Tribune letter