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Bears expected to keep WR Alshon Jeffery

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The Chicago Bears are expected to retain soon-to-be free agent wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. They’ll either tag him with the franchise tag, or sign him to a contract extension before he’ll hit the open market.

In an interview with the media on Wednesday morning, general manager Ryan Pace spoke about Jeffery’s future. He said that the team is “aggressively” working on a deal with Jeffery’s representatives.

He also said that he has the sense that Jeffery wants to remain in the Windy City.

Last week, a report came out that suggested that the Bears were unsure about bringing back Jeffery. They’ll have until March 1st to use the franchise tag, if they do so.

With Jeffery expected to return — along with 2015 first-round pick Kevin White making his NFL debut in 2016 — the Bears are expected to be an explosive offense with Jay Cutler leading the team. The team will have a new offensive coordinator that they’ll have to get used to in head coach John Fox’s offense; however, they’ll have many weapons to be a good team.

He’s been with the Bears since being the 2012 when he was the team’s second-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

This past season, he played in his fewest amount of games in his NFL career in a season. He played in nine games and made eight starts.

He had 54 receptions — and was targeted 94 times — for 807 yards and four touchdowns. His longest reception on the year was for 50-yards.

Prior to this past season when he was hampered by injuries, he had back-to-back 1,000-plus yard seasons. He had a career-high 1,421 yards in 2013 and then 1,133 yards in 2014.

He had a career-high ten touchdowns in 2014.

The Bears are hoping that Jeffery could bounce back to those numbers in 2016.

In 2013, he made the Pro Bowl for the first-time in his career. In addition, the 1,421 yards were the sixth-most during that season.

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