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According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Jeffery turned down a multi-year deal with more security from Vikings, but he is betting himself long term by signing the one-year deal with Philly.
Jeffery has played his entire career with the Bears, who chose this year not to put the franchise tag on him and to let him test free agency. Remember, the Eagles plan all along was to pair a speedy receiver with a big target on the outside to benefit second-year signal caller Carson Wentz. They added the speed component by landing Torrey Smith earlier today. Now they have the big body too.
The 6-3, 218 Jeffery emerged as a star in 2013, catching 89 passes for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns. He followed in 2014 with 85 receptions for 1,133 yards and 10 TDs. But in 2015 Jeffery was limited to nine games due to injuries to his calf, hamstring, groin and shoulder, and his production dipped to 54 catches for 807 yards and four touchdowns. Jeffery served a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs last season and finished the season with 52 receptions for 821 yards and two TDs in 12 games.
Jeffery's preference was to go to a contender. The Eagles haven't been that. But they're trying.
From a fantasy perspective, there's no doubt Wentz comes out ahead. Jeffery and Smith are a major upgrade to Jordan Matthews and the assortment of ham-handed journeymen that comprised their depth chart last year. If Wentz can fix the issues with his mechanics that cropped up late last year, there's no reason his new receivers won't out produce their predecessors.