This past year the receiver was healthy but missed four games due to an National Football League suspension for the use of banned performance enhancers.
Granted, it was only one year, his rookie one at that but fans and critics still found ways to take shots at Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz.
Unable to agree on a long-term contract extension, the Bears placed their franchise tag on Jeffery last season, guaranteeing him $14.599 million.
Jeffery ranked 19th in Reception Net Expected Points (NEP) per target among the 60 receivers to see at least 80 targets last season. "I had to figure out what was best for me at the time and that was here".
Looking over the remaining free agent options, Michael Floyd is the name that immediately stands out for the Bears. The Eagles will make the former Bears receiver earn his full $14 million payday.
Alshon Jeffery was the big catch for the Eagles in free agency. He plans to join the Eagles' traveling party of Wentz, Jordan Matthews, tight end Zach Ertz and other skill-position players next month. They want to get their offense fixed first, which is usually the easiest step, providing the quarterback is in place, before turning to the more complicated task of building a championship defense.
When asked why he chose the Eagles, Jeffery explained that it was the best decision for him and his family.
"There's a lot of expectations", Jeffery said.
As for Smith, he, like Jeffery, had other teams interested in his services, reportedly including Baltimore, a team that he helped win a Super Bowl with in 2012.
Wow, is all I can say.
For Jeffery and Smith, it also helps having the quarterback. I saw how he worked and how he prepared and kind of where his focus has been and his mindset. Earlier in the day, the team announced a deal with former San Francisco wide receiver Torrey Smith. "I'm pretty sure that's never going to happen again". "I don't know. I just love the game, man, and I feel that I can get back out there and play".
Give vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas credit here too.
The Eagles, however, believed that they knew enough about Jeffery's character before committing to him.