Bears general manager Ryan Pace said Wednesday he isn't concerned that the failed contract negotiations will rub WR Alshon Jeffery the wrong way.
"Honestly, I feel really good about where he's at right now and kind of where we're at," Pace said, via ESPN. "I don't think it's going to affect him at all."
The franchise tag will pay Jeffery $14.599 million in 2016. The Bears wanted a long-term deal that would pay the 6-foot-3 receiver closer to $11 million per year, in the vicinity of the contracts recently signed by wideouts in the second-tier of the pay grade.
With Kevin White coming off a missed season, the Bears need Jeffery to stay healthy. Jeffery missed seven games in 2015 due to injury. When on the field, he can be a difference-maker. Factor in a talented White, and QB Jay Cutler certainly has some weapons to work with in this offense.