Bears will likely let Alshon Jeffrey hit the free agent waters on March 9th, when free agency begins. The Bears have until 4pm Wednesday to make their decision as to whether or not they want to franchise tag him, and with the price for the franchise tag being $17 million, league sources have said it's probably not going to happen. If the Bears were to franchise tag Jeffrey he'd then become the highest paid receiver in the league. Jeffrey isn't quite worth that amount, however I'm sure he'll get real close to that number by a desperate team in need of a playmaker. Jeffrey is a great receiver, he's lit it up for me in fantasy a few times over the years, but to spend that kind of cap room on one wide receiver you better be damn certain he can remain healthy and be a huge factor.
We all know Jeffrey can be a huge x-factor in games, we've seen him do it with mediocre quarterback play in Chicago for years, imagine he gets an elite QB throwing him the ball, he'll have no limits. The question mark that surrounds Alshon Jeffrey is can he stay healthy. The last two seasons Jeffrey has missed a combined 11 games, that's more than a third of his games. As a wide receiver if you're not out there every down let alone every game, you don't deserve that kind of money. 90% of life is just showing up, if you can only show up a third of the time you're useless to a franchise. Jeffrey could really bring some team's offenses to a whole new level, for instance the Colts and Eagles both come to mind when you think of teams that desperately need help at wide receiver. Will they be willing to take the risk and give Alshon Jeffrey the payday he wants knowing damn well that he's injury prone. Sometimes you just have to take that shot, I honestly don't believe Jeffrey is that much of a game changer that I'd be willing to do that, but some team out there believes in him way more than I do, and will have no problem paying the $15+ million that it'll take to sign him.