The Chicago Bears kicked off Phase 2 of their offseason workout program today and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was still missing in action.
Even though Jeffery signed his franchise tender, guaranteeing him over $14.5 million for the 2016 season, Jeffery is staying away from the voluntary portion of the Bears offseason so far. Speculation is that Jeffery is staying away as he seeks a long term contract, but his agent, Tory Dandy, denied that earlier today via text message. "Alshon is getting in great shape, and he will certainly be with his team for mandatory activities. There is no contract dispute. Alshon is under contract. He signed the tag, so no dispute."
Mandatory minicamp runs from June 14th through June 16th, with Training Camp starting on July 27th.
Bears coaches obviously want their Pro Bowl receiver around his teammates for Phase 2, learning what ever tweaks new O.C. Dowell Loggains has in store for the offense, but Jeffery won't be that far behind once he checks in. Bears' GM Ryan Pace has stated that he's in contact with Jeffery and his representative, so it could just be a matter of time.
With Jeffery missing, the other wide outs on the roster will have a chance to shine. Kevin White will get plenty of reps with the ones, Marquess Wilson will try to build off his career year as will Marc Mariani. Eddie Royal will get plenty of reps as will 7th round slot WR Daniel Braverman.
Check out a few pictures of Jeffery's workouts right here;
Are you guys getting worried that Jeffery is staying away, or is this just business as usual in the NFL?