According to Miller, the Bears aren’t comfortable trading Jeffery and moving forward with Kevin White as their No. 1 receiver option.
Trade rumors involving Jeffery have been going around for over a week now, but recent reports have indicated that it’s unlikely he’ll be moved by tomorrow for a number of reasons.
To begin with, Jeffery is owed $858,000 per week and over $7.7 million in cash and cap space for the remainder of the 2016 season as part of his franchise tender.
Another issue is the simple fact that any team trading for him won’t be able to sign Jeffery to an extension until next year. This is a big issue, considering that Jeffery is in line to once again be an unrestricted free agent next year and franchising him again would cost a team over $17.5 million.
The Eagles were linked to Jeffery, given that they’re reportedly in the trade market for an outside receiver.
Jeffery, 26, was taken in the second-round of the 2012 NFL draft by the Bears. He played out the final year of his four-year, $4.54 million rookie contract that included a $1.74 million signing bonus before receiving the team’s franchise tag.
The franchise tag will run the Bears $14.599 million guaranteed for the 2016 season.
In 2016, Jeffery has appeared in seven games and caught 32 passes for 520 yards receiving and no touchdowns for the Bears. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 26 receiver out of 108 qualifying players.