Jeffery is signing a one-year, $14 million deal with the Eagles, ESPN.com's Josina Anderson reports. Coming off a pair of disappointing, injury-plagued seasons, Jeffery clearly believes he can boost his value and then cash in with a multi-year contract to his liking next offseason. Despite being hampered by a slew of lower-body issues, Jeffery produced 1,628 receiving yards in 21 games (77.5 YPG) the past two seasons, after posting back-to-back 1,000-yard showings in 2013 and 2014. The Eagles also added Torrey Smith to a receiving corps that already included Jordan Matthews and TE Zach Ertz, but Jeffery will be the clear favorite to lead the team in targets if he's healthy. Eagles QB Carson Wentz could take a big step forward in his second season.
The Bears won't apply the franchise tag to Jeffery for the 2017 season, allowing him to become a free agent, ESPN.com's Jeff Dickerson reports. While playing under the franchise tag in 2016, Jeffery turned in a rather disappointing season, hauling in 52 catches for 821 yards and only two touchdowns while missing four games due to a suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. Despite his downturn in performance the last two years, the 26-year-old Jeffery figures to generate plenty of interest in free agency, and could see his numbers climb if he lands in a favorable passing offense. The Bears would likely have interest in retaining Jeffery, but they could be priced out of his market.
Jeffery caught one pass for 10 yards in Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Vikings, and he ended the season with 52 receptions for 821 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Jeffery played this past season under the franchise tag, and he's set to become an unrestricted free agent. After failing to post a 100-yard game since Week 1, it would seem improbable that the Bears would apply the tag to him again in 2017, which would allow him to test the market in search for a new team. If that's the case, his fantasy value would be directly related to where he winds up, but he'll certainly emerge as at least a top-30 fantasy option at wide receiver. Despite failing to be an elite option in 2016, he posted at least 70 receiving yards in seven different games while the Bears started three different quarterbacks, and his fantasy value was lowered by the fact he scored just two touchdowns in 12 games.
Jeffery (illness) does not have an injury designation ahead of Sunday's game against the Vikings after fully practicing Friday. Jeffery missed Thursday's practice due to an illness, but he returned in a complete capacity Friday to remove any question over his Week 17 status. In Jeffery's prior meeting with the Vikings this season, he caught four passes on eight targets for 63 yards and a touchdown.
Jeffery didn't practice Thursday due to an illness, Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Following four consecutive DNPs, Matt Barkley has welcomed Jeffery back to the fold the past two weeks, targeting him 19 times combined. The preceding has coincided with Jeffery's most-productive two-game stretch of the season -- 11 catches for 181 yards and one touchdown -- but an illness could put a stop to the run. If he's able to give it a go Sunday at Minnesota, he's a fair bet to prosper against a Vikings defense that has given up nearly 14.0 YPC and seven touchdowns to wideouts over the last five contests.
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