As the clock ticks closer to Friday's 3 p.m. deadline for franchise players to sign long-term extensions with their respective teams, it appears that the Bears and Alshon Jeffery won't be reaching an agreement.
If a deal doesn't come to fruition, Jeffery will play the 2016 season under the $14.6 million franchise tag, and become an unrestricted free agent in 2017.
While Bears fans hope that Jeffery remains in Chicago for the remainder of his career, they're not the only ones to share that feeling.
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Bears kicker Robbie Gould borrowed the CSN microphone during a charity event supporting the Israel Idonije's Foundation Thursday night and conducted a one-on-one interview with Jeffery, prodding the Pro Bowl wide receiver for the inside scoop.
"I know that the Chicago fans love you. I know that we hope you're here as a player. We hope you're here for longer than just one year," Gould told Jeffery.
Jeffery joked "my guess is as good as yours" regarding contract talks, but did express his desire to win a Super Bowl with the Bears.
"Hopefully we're together and we can bring a championship to the Chicago Bears," Jeffery said. "I watched the '85 Bears and that inspired me to win a championship this year. That's my main goal. To win a championship, beat the Packers twice, don't lose any division games and bring the title home."
Catch the full interview in the video above.
Anthony Miller has quickly become a fan favorite on social media. He has the confidence and swagger found in most top wide receivers and it comes through on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Miller was one of 40 players in attendance at the 2018 NFLPA Rookie Premiere where he not only learned about the business and marketing side of football, but also suited up in his Bears gameday uniform for the first time. Of course, he shared the moment on Twitter:
Panini America, a sports collectible company, snapped a picture of Miller with fellow rookie receiver Calvin Ridley (Falcons) and quarterback Mason Rudolph (Steelers):
Miller has become something of a standout for the Bears despite not playing a single snap. He's expected to have a big role in an offense that has several new pieces and roles that are up for grabs.
Miller will compete with former first-round pick Kevin White and free-agent addition Taylor Gabriel for reps opposite Allen Robinson. Miller has the necessary skill set to play as both an outside receiver and in the slot which should give him an even greater opportunity to be on the field quite a bit.
The Bears first three draft picks are all vying for starting jobs in 2018. Roquan Smith (first round) is a lock to start next to Danny Trevathan and James Daniels (second round) will start at guard. Miller should make it three-for-three in a draft class that could end up the best of Ryan Pace's tenure.
Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace is having what many believe is his best offseason since taking the job in 2015, but after three seasons and only 14 wins, he needs a big year in 2018 to justify the confidence ownership has in him.
According to a recent breakdown of all 32 general managers, Pace ranks among the worst decision-makers in the league.
No. 23: Ryan Pace, Chicago Bears
There’s only so much you can accomplish in one spring. The problem is that Pace let himself accumulate so many needs to begin with. He needs Trubisky and Nagy to springboard a fourth-year turnaround.
The rankings didn't include six new GM hires, which makes Pace's positioning even more troubling.
Even though the Bears haven't seen wins on the field, Pace has done a solid job through three draft classes and appears to have the right coaching staff in place. His first hire, John Fox, was a calculated move by a rookie general manager to have an experienced football guy to lean on. Now, several offseasons later, the team is starting to take on his identity.
Despite all the talent Pace has added through the draft and the slow but steady transformation of the team's overall culture, it's a win-now business and if his blueprint doesn't start producing more wins than losses, it will be hard to justify more time and patience for his plan to develop.