Alshon Jeffery's future with the Bears may be in limbo, but he's confident the team will take a step forward next season. A huge step at that.
"I guarantee you we are going to win the Super Bowl next year," Jeffery said to reporters after a 38-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
The talented wideout's prediction is an audacious claim on the heels of a 3-13 campaign, but it wouldn't be the first time the Bears made a remarkable turnaround. The team finished 5-11 in 2004 before going on to appear in Super Bowl XLI just two seasons later.
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For Jeffery, it's been a frustrating year. He finished with a career-low two touchdowns and failed to reach the 1,000-yard mark for the second consecutive season. In November, he was suspended four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing substances policy.
Jeffery is set to become a free agent this offseason, unless Ryan Pace and company elect to use the franchise tag on him again.
If the five-year veteran does return to Soldier Field, we'll see if he can make good on his bold guarantee.