The Chicago Bears are placing the franchise tag on wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, the team announced on Monday.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter was first to report the news.
Bears general manager Ryan Pace said Wednesday the team was trying to negotiate a long-term contract with Jeffery, but could use the tag to keep the receiver in Chicago. The tag will cost Chicago more than $14 million, all of which is guaranteed money for Jeffery.
Last season, Jeffery played in only nine games due to multiple injuries, catching 54 passes for 807 yards and four touchdowns. Over the previous two years, he played in every regular season game, and recorded more than 80 receptions for two straight seasons.
The Bears selected Jeffery with a second-round pick in the 2012 draft. In his career, Jeffery has 252 catches for 3,728 yards and 24 touchdowns.