CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery will play under the franchise tag next season after the two sides failed to agree on a long-term contract extension by Friday's deadline.
Jeffery, who missed seven games last season with injuries, will be paid $14.6 million next season. Even with his season limited, Jeffery led the team with 54 catches and 807 receiving yards last season while scoring four touchdowns. His per-game average of 89.7 receiving yards was the seventh-best mark in the NFL.
The Bears and Jeffery can't negotiate again until January.
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''I'll let my game take care of itself,'' Jeffery said last month. ''Everything else is going to get sorted out.''