The door may not be shut on a reunion between Alshon Jeffery and the Bears, based on the latest morsel of news on the soon-to-be free agent wide receiver.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the Bears and Jeffery's agent had a "positive meeting" on Saturday and that both sides are open to the 27-year-old making a return to Halas Hall. Bears general manager Ryan Pace on Wednesday confirmed the team would not place the franchise tag on Jeffery, putting him on the open market when free agency begins at 3 p.m. CT on March 9.
The #Bears and FA WR Alshon Jeffery's agent had a positive meeting today, I'm told. Both sides are more than open to a reunion....— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 4, 2017
In a statement to ESPN's Josina Anderson last Thursday, Jeffery said he isn't harboring any resentment toward the Bears. But he also said in addition to looking for a team that needs a wide receiver, he's hoping to sign with a team that would "put me in the best situation to win a championship right now."
On Wednesday, Pace sounded as if he was preparing for Jeffery to move on from Chicago.
"Sometimes when you can't come to a common ground with a player and an agent, sometimes it's necessary to kind of test the market to determine that player's value, and that's really where we're at," Pace said Wednesday. "He's a good player and we'll see how it plays out. But I think there are certain instances where testing the market is a necessary part of the process."