There’s a stalemate going on in Chicago, and if one side doesn’t budge, Alshon Jeffery might find his way out of the Windy City.
The wide receiver is unhappy with his contract situation and there’s not a sense of optimism that things will get done, according to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo.
“There’s not a lot of confidence,” Garafalo said on Thursday’s episode of NFL Total Access. “I sense that both sides really don’t feel strongly about this one. That’s because Alshon Jeffery’s got a $14.6 million tag. The Bears wanted to come in a couple of million below that.”
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Chicago has until 4 p.m. ET on July 15 to solidify a long-term deal with their No. 1 wideout, or else he will play the season on a franchise tag.
Jeffery has seen players like Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen jersey and Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin jersey cash in this offseason with long-term contracts. The fifith-year receiver wants to strike a similar deal with the team that drafted him.
Garafolo confirmed that Jeffery sees himself as a prototypical No. 1 receiver and wants a contract more substantial than Allen’s and Baldwin’s. However, the Bears have reservations mainly due to Jeffery’s injury history.
The 6-foot-3 receiver resides as the Bears’ only real threat that teams have to gameplan for. Outside of Jeffery, Chicago’s receiving corps leaves much to be desired. Considering the Bears have lost aging, but still productive, skill position players in Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte, the team might not want to be so hard nosed on Jeffery.
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The Chicago Bears jerseys and their first-round pick are in business.
The team announced Friday that it has agreed to terms with linebacker Leonard Floyd jersey on a four-year contract with a fifth-year option. These are the standard contract parameters for a first-round pick.
The Bears selected Floyd with the ninth-overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. General manager Ryan Pace hopes the Bears have landed a speedy edge rusher with double-digit sack potential. Floyd recorded 184 tackles, 28.5 tackles-for-loss and 17 sacks in three seasons at the University of Georgia.
With Floyd under contract, third-round pick Jonathan Bullard is the only member of the Bears’ 2016 draft class yet to sign a deal.
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Joique Bell has found a new home in the NFC North.
The former Detroit running back has agreed to terms with Chicago, Bell announced Tuesday on Twitter.
Bell, 30, was released by the Lions in February after averaging an inefficient 3.5 yards per on 90 carries last season.
Although Bell lost a step following a trio of 2015 surgeries, he did manage a career-high 13.0 yards per reception on 22 catches.
With starter Jeremy Langford sidelined by a sprained ankle and Ka’Deem Carey nursing a hamstring injury, Bell was likely signed to handle passing-down duties alongside bruising rookie Jordan Howard jersey.
If Bell acclimates quickly to Dowell Loggains’ offense this week, he could be in line for a significant role against his former team on Sunday.
Willie Young said earlier this offseason that he wanted to finish his career in Chicago. The Bears took the next step in achieving the defensive lineman’s wish on Saturday.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Chicago extended the 30-year-old veteran another two years, via a source involved with the deal. The team confirmed the new contract later Saturday morning. ESPN first reported the news.
The former seventh-round pick was heading into the final season of his three-year deal, but now is signed through 2018. Young joined the Bears in 2014 after playing his first four seasons with the Lions.
Young enjoyed a career-year in his first go-around with the Bears, accumulating a personal-best 10 sacks in 2014 (four more than his first four seasons combined in Detroit).
Last season, the pass-rusher finished second on the team with 6.5 sacks. He showed his versatility as well by picking up his first career interception.