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Eagles Expected To Make A Run At WR Alshon Jeffery In Free Agency

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, citing several league sources, reports that the Eagles are expected to “in on” Bears free agent WR Alshon Jeffery this offseason.

This shouldn’t come as a big surprise, considering that rumors during the season mentioned the Eagles as a possible landing spot for Jeffery ahead of the trade deadline.

The Eagles need to bolster their receiver depth in the coming months and while some reports have said that DeSean Jackson returning to Philadelphia is a possibility, La Canfora believes it isn’t a forgone conclusion.

Jeffery was franchised by the Bears last year and the possibility exists that they could tag him again for a 20 percent increase, instead of allowing him to test the open market.

It’s worth mentioning that Jeffery was suspended four games last season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

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 appeared in 12 games and caught 52  passes for 821 yards receiving and two touchdowns for the Bears. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 33 receiver out of 115 qualifying players.

We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2017 Free Agents list.