By Michael Vincent, Bears Correspondent, Wed, Jul 22nd 10:28pm EDT
After the news that Dez Bryant's and Demaryius Thomas' striking long term deals before the deadline, one would assume that Alshon Jeffery, if he looks to get paid like a WR1 in 2016, will go down that same route. Dallas' Dez Bryant inked a 5 year deal worth $70 million and $45 million guaranteed, and Denver's Demaryius Thomas agreed to a 5 year contract worth $70 million, but only $43.75 million in guaranteed money. He, along with A.J. Green, Julio Jones, and T.Y. Hilton will be looking to cash in this coming offseason.
(Source: Windy City Gridiron
Fantasy Impact: If Jeffery wants the long term no. 1 receiver contract, he needs to perform like one under the Bears' new regime. The market has been set for long term deals for receivers and if he wants to get paid like one, he needs to play like one as well. In a contract year and a "show me" season for the Bears in general, this should be the case. Jeffery finished as the 11th highest scoring receiver in fantasy last season and is currently being drafted as the 10th receiver off the board. As the Bears' best receiving threat in an Adam Gase offense, everything is aligned for Jeffery to be the WR1 he thinks he is.