The hulking Jeffery heads into the season with the prospect of free agency looming next spring.
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.