The impending free agent receiver told ESPN’s Josina Anderson on Thursday he’s looking to sign with a contender when the market opens on March 9.
“I don’t have any hard feelings towards the Bears — it’s all love,” Jeffery said. “Whatever the next chapter is, I’m ready for it. I’m looking at the teams that obviously need a wide receiver, but also put me in the best situation to win a championship right now. I also want to see what other free agents may be attracted to the same teams I’ll be looking at. That can help that goal.”
While both Bears general manager Ryan Pace and coach John Fox said at the NFL Scouting Combine they are still interested in re-signing Jeffery, his quote certainly smacks of a player ready to move on.
Chicago declined to use the franchise tag again on Jeffery, which would have put them on the hook for more than $17 million.
With plenty of teams like the Bucs, Eagles, Rams, Titans, 49ers, etc., in need of receiver help, Jeffery will have a healthy market come free agency. When it comes down to it, he’ll sign with the highest bidder, even if that squad is no closer to a Super Bowl than the Bears.