2016 NFL Free Agency: Top Potential Landing Spots for Alshon Jeffery
Perhaps the most highly coveted free agent on the offensive side of the ball, Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is set for a huge payday one way or another.
Despite an injury-plagued season, he was one of the best players on the field whenever he played. In nine games, Jeffery caught 54 balls on 92 targets for 807 yards and four touchdowns.
While every team would like to acquire Jeffery, money is going to be at a premium.
It's always enjoyable to predict landing spots for these highly coveted players, but the one constant that remains in the NFL is the franchise tag—something Jeffery is likely not thrilled about.
Wherever he lands, one thing is for sure—that team will be considerably better than it will be without him.
Here are five teams that make sense for Jeffery.
Coming off one of their worst seasons ever, the Baltimore Ravens have glaring issues to address.
It just so happens that receiver is one of them.
However, to acquire Jeffery's services, the Ravens would need to make some serious salary-cap decisions.
As it stands right now, the Ravens are just $3,744,966 under the cap, but rumor has it that Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is willing to restructure his deal, according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun.
Flacco is set to make $18 million in 2016 but presents a cap hit of $28.55 million.
Depending on what the team does with Flacco and other impending free agents, the Ravens would be a fantastic landing spot for Jeffery, where he would partner with fellow wide receiver Steve Smith Sr.
The most likely destination for Jeffery is his current team—the Chicago Bears.
You can bet that in a worst-case scenario the Bears will franchise-tag Jeffery and bind him to a one-year contract.
Per the 2015 numbers, the franchise tag for a wide receiver sits at approximately $12.8 million, according to NFL Media's Albert Breer, via Kevin Patra of NFL Network.
After losing fellow wide receiver Brandon Marshall in the 2014 offseason, the Bears simply cannot let Jeffery get away. They will look to franchise-tag Jeffery and work out a long-term deal with the star receiver as the offseason progresses.
Los Angeles Rams
Few things could make as big a splash as getting Jeffery for the Los Angeles Rams.
Heading back to Los Angeles, the Rams would love to make headlines in order to drum up more season ticket sales and overall interest in the team.
Right now, the Rams have Tavon Austin, Kenny Britt, Brian Quick and Stedman Bailey at the wide receiver position. While all of these guys are serviceable, none of them is Jeffery.
Addressing the quarterback position and receiver position will be something head coach Jeff Fisher will keep an eye on as the offseason progresses.
What a pairing to kick off a return to Los Angeles—Manning and Jeffery.
New York Giants
Alshon Jeffery. Odell Beckham Jr.
Man, that sounds like fun.
With wide receiver Rueben Randle set to hit free agency and Victor Cruz a potential cap casualty, the New York Giants will have a need at the wide receiver position.
Having more than $42M in cap space, the Giants are poised to land at least one top-15 player, and Jeffery would be an extraordinary pickup.
While the Giants have plenty of defensive needs, Jeffery coming to MetLife Stadium to team up with Beckham and Eli Manning would make quite an incredible offense.
San Diego Chargers
Through the first five games of the season, San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers had two games of over 300 passing yards, two over 400 and even one of 500.
For the remainder of the season, he had just two games of 300 or more passing yards.
The difference? The first eight games included wide receiver Keenan Allen.
While the Chargers were a rather mediocre football team throughout the year, the passing game was substantially worse without Allen in the lineup.
On the season, the Chargers ranked dead last in terms of offense.
Adding Jeffery would give Rivers the type of receiver he has had throughout the majority of his career—a guy who can get up and high-point the ball.
In the past, Rivers has had guys like Malcom Floyd and Vincent Jackson, and Jeffery would assist in bringing the Chargers offense back to prominence.
Not only does it make sense from a roster perspective, but it also makes sense monetarily as the Chargers have over $27.75 million in cap space.
If running back Melvin Gordon can get it going, Rivers, Allen and Jeffery would make this Chargers offense an instant threat in the AFC.
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