Only a few months removed from his prediction that the Bears would win the Super Bowl next season, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was officially introduced as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday.
During his opening press conference, the talented wideout showed some love for the franchise where he spent his first five NFL seasons.
"I had a great five years there," said Jeffery, who agreed to a one-year, $14 million deal with Philly. "It was great, but that's life. It's a stepping stone. You gotta just move on."
Jeffery, 27, caught 304 passes for 4,549 yards and 26 touchdowns in Chicago. His best two seasons were in 2013 and 2014, when he tallied consecutive 80-plus reception years.
The former Pro-Bowler struggled last season, though. He pulled in a career-low two touchdowns and was suspended four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing substances policy.
As he tries to shake off a rough season and score an even more lucrative contract next season, Jeffery is leaving longtime teammates, coaches and fans. He'll also leave jersey No. 17.
"Nelson [Agholor] can have 17," Jeffery said. "I'm gonna leave that. I think I wore that number in Chicago, I'm gonna leave that in Chicago."