Alshon Jeffery: Free agency for the Bears begins and ends with Alshon Jeffery, far and away the team’s marquee free agent and the most important “re-sign him or not” decision of Ryan Pace’s three offseasons. The team’s best receiver had injury issues in 2015 and then a four-game PED suspension in 2016, but he’s still a dynamic talent.
Jeffery attracts double-teams and makes catches that few receivers in the game can make. With uncertainty about Kevin White, keeping Jeffery in the fold would be important for the offense. However, is Pace ready to commit No. 1 receiver money (at least $30 million guaranteed) to a player like Jeffery who has struggled with availability? A second franchise tag would cost over $17 million, a big percentage of the cap. Jeffery averaged 15.8 yards per catch last season, but had only two touchdowns.