Alshon Jeffery Opens Up About Decision to Leave Bears

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The Chicago Bears will face former wide receiver Alshon Jeffery for the first time on Sunday, and while he left the Windy City over the offseason, he insists there are no hard feelings.

“Business is business,” Jeffery told media members on Wednesday. “I think it was just a better decision for me and my family, honestly.  I spent five years there. I love it there. Me being in Chicago gave me the opportunity to live out my childhood dream of playing a professional sport.”

Jeffery, who was drafted by the Bears in the 2012 NFL Draft, has caught 38 passes for 567 yards and six touchdowns for the Eagles, who are the owners of the best record in the NFL. He has been a key weapon for second-year quarterback Carson Wentz, and he represents the kind of playmaker that the Bears have lacked in his absence.

The receiver was let go by the team after five seasons, with the team seemingly unwilling to give him a long-term contract extension that he so badly wanted. The Eagles ended up signing him to a one-year deal, but Jeffery insists he’s leaving the past in the past.

“Now I’m here in Philly. Can’t take the past back, so it is what it is,” he said.

The Bears’ top wide receiver this season is Kendall Wright, who has 29 receptions for 330 yards and a touchdown this season. 

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