The Facts: When Jeffery signed his one-year, $14.6 million franchise tender, he was reportedly a near certainty to play this season on that contract. But that might not be so certain after all. Jeffery and the Bears have continued to talk about a long-term contract, and it's possible a deal will get done before the July 15 deadline, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports.
Diehards Line: As PFT's Michael David Smith notes, when franchise players do sign long-term deals, it usually happens right before the deadline. So in the case of Jeffery, it will probably be another three weeks before a deal gets done. The 26-year-old Jeffery was limited by injuries to just nine games last season, but when he played he played well, catching 54 passes for 807 yards.