Bears WR Alshon Jeffery will play under franchise tag

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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.

''I'll let my game take care of itself,'' Jeffery said last month. ''Everything else is going to get sorted out.''