Alshon Jeffery’s Future with the Bears Is Unclear and Strange

July 20, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Chicago Bears are in the middle of what's becoming a wide receiver cycle. It goes like this: Watch one towering target leave through either free agency or a trade, and he's then replaced by another maturing young wideout.
When it's laid out like that, everything seems so simple and routine. Scout the receiver, carefully select the receiver in the right draft slot, develop the receiver and then jettison him before sacrificing salary-cap space throughout a long-term commitment.
They followed a few of those steps with Brandon Marshall. He came to the Bears as a veteran and finished product. But he was 28 years old when he arrived in Chicago and spent three of his prime years hauling in quarterback Jay Cutler's deep heaves. Then the Bears traded him prior to 2015, partly because of locker room conflicts and partly because of his advanced age at 31.
What's happening with Alshon Jeffery now, however, is much different. It reflects a potential flaw in the wide receiver repl...

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