The Philadelphia Eagles signed wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, formerly of the Chicago Bears, to a one-year, $14 million contract.
Jeffery's Bears quarterbacks completed 347-of-559 passes for 3,969 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 19 interceptions last season.
Jeffery, who was drafted by the Bears in 2012, has signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, the team announced Thursday as National Football League free agency opened. In 2013-14 he posted back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns and 17 total touchdowns.
The structure of Jeffery's deal is rooted in the concerns that the Eagles, Bears and other teams had with committing to a player with availability issues.
The Eagles haven't had a 1,000-yard receiver since Jeremy Maclin in 2014.
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If Jeffery can stay on the field all season (or at least for the majority of it) he could end up being one of the bigger steals of the 2017 fantasy season depending on how far he falls in drafts based off his injury history. Floyd was released by the Arizona Cardinals last season after an ugly DUI arrest.
Rapoport reported that the Minnesota offered Jeffery more years and more money, but Jeffery was willing to gamble on himself, by signing a one year deal. And that is exactly what they get with Jeffery.
Jeffery has 304 career receptions over five seasons for 4,549 yards with 26 touchdowns.
It is why, when Jeffery became a free agent last week, many weren't shocked that he chose to leave the Windy City. Jeffery will be joining an Eagles squad with a much better supporting cast and an upgrade at the quarterback position (not saying much I know).
Two seasons ago Smith led the league with an average of 20.1 yards per reception.
"I thought he did a good job taking care of his body this year", Pace told the Chicago Tribune. The Bears are still in ongoing discussions with Jeffery's party. The 2016 first round pick only registered one catch in his rookie season, and dealt with nagging injuries that made him a non-factor all season.