Alshon Jeffery

By not tagging Alshon Jeffery, Bears opt to play receiver market

By not tagging Alshon Jeffery, Bears opt to play receiver market

As the Bears prepare to dive into free agency next week with millions to spend, receiver Alshon Jeffery is one step closer to a payday of his own on the open market. The team, as expected, has decided not to use the franchise tag on him.

The Bears in 2016 protected their rights to Jeffery by using the tag. Doing so again would have required a guaranteed one-year contract worth $17.5 million, which would have made Jeffery the NFL's highest-paid receiver in 2017 by more than $2 million.

Throughout Ryan Pace's first two years as general manager, he has been steadfast in assigning a value to individual players and adhering to that during negotiations. That applies this year to...

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