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Jeffery reports to Bears minicamp

After skipping the voluntary portion of the Bears offseason program, receiver Alshon Jeffery reported to Halas Hall Monday for this week's mandatory minicamp.

"I feel great to be back with my teammates and I look forward to competing and having fun with my teammates," Jeffery told

Jeffery, who has been working out on his own in Florida, signed the franchise tender he received from the Bears in March, guaranteeing him a contract for the 2016 season that's equal to the average of the NFL's five highest paid receivers. The two sides have until July 15 to reach a long-term agreement.


Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery reported to Halas Hall Monday for this week's mandatory minicamp.

Jeffery is optimistic about what the Bears offense can accomplish this season, especially with him lining up opposite Kevin White at receiver. The seventh overall pick in last year's draft is healthy after missing his entire rookie season with a leg injury.

"It's going to be exciting, just making progress, getting everyone on the same page and just grinding and working hard," Jeffery said. "I know we're going to have fun out there, and we look forward to having a special year."

Jeffery was selected by the Bears in the second round of the 2012 draft. He was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2013 after catching 89 passes for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns and followed with 85 receptions for 1,133 yards and 10 TDs in 2014.

After appearing in all 16 games in both 2013 and 2014, Jeffery was limited to nine contests last year due to injuries to his calf, hamstring, groin and shoulder.

When healthy enough to play last season, the South Carolina product showed his game-breaking ability, posting four 100-yard games, and tying a team record with three straight 100-yard outings.

Jeffery ranks 10th on the Bears' all-time receiving list in catches (252), eighth in yards (3,728) and 11th in touchdowns (24). His 3,728 yards are the most in franchise history by any player in his first four seasons with the Bears.

Jeffery is one of five pass catchers in team history with two 1,000-yard seasons, and his 1,421 yards in 2013 are second-most in Bears single-season history. He also has recorded the two most prolific games by a Bears receiver with 249 yards against the Vikings and 218 yards versus the Saints, both in 2013.

This week's minicamp, which concludes the Bears offseason program, will consist of practices Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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