According to NFL.com, the Chicago Bears are not expected to place the franchise tag on wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.
Jeffery received the tag last year and would make $17.5 million if tagged for the second season in a row. That's clearly a price too rich for the Bears, who appear willing to let Jeffery hit the open market.
After missing seven games in 2015 due to multiple injuries, as well as four games last year because of a PED suspension, the Bears obviously don't feel comfortable paying Jeffery at an elite level.
There's still a chance the two sides could reach a long-term deal before the start of the regular season on March 9. Yet the market for Jeffery, who is one of the top receivers in the league when healthy, will be huge, which would make it advantageous for him to test his value. There will likely be multiple teams who will gladly overpay for his services, something the Bears apparently aren't willing to do.
It only takes one team to offer Jeffery $13 million a season, or more, and he'll be gone.
Jeffery's career in Chicago isn't over yet but it appears very likely he's played his last snap with the Bears.