Alshon Jeffery, a 6'3", 216-pound wide receiver out of South Carolina, signed a four-year deal with the Bears on Wednesday. In doing so, he became the first member of the 2012 NFL Draft class to sign with a team. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Bears traded up five spots in the second round to draft Jeffery with the No. 45 pick (while also giving up a fifth round pick). The move was highly approved by Bears fans, as the receiver's potential is immense, and he gives Jay Cutler another big target to throw to. He's expected to be the starting "Z" receiver opposite Brandon Marshall immediately.
Jeffery came into the 2011 college football season as a projected first round pick. Heck, I personally thought he and Justin Blackmon were neck and neck for the top NFL wide receiver prospect entering the season. But Jeffery's production declined last season in comparison to the previous year, thanks to issues such as weight gain, and South Carolina's disastrous quarterback situation.
Jeffery's currently in great shape, and he, as well as the Bears, sound confident in his ability to maintain a playing weight in the 215-220-pound area. And you'd think that with being the first player of the entire NFL draft class to sign, he's not messing around.
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