The hulking Jeffery (6' 4", 230 lbs.) will head into the season with the prospect of free agency looming next spring. The Bears used the franchise tag on their 26-year-old star but did not extend him long-term. Jeffery’s inability to stay healthy last season could have played into Chicago’s decision—Jeffery missed seven games with a mix of hamstring, calf, knee, shoulder and groin issues. He maintained his status as a burgeoning star when active, though, topping 100 yards four times and averaging 141 yards per outing during a three-game stretch against Minnesota, Detroit and San Diego.

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