After T.O., they always had somebody who can make more plays than they had before him, from Donte Stallworth to Kevin Curtis to DeSean Jackson to Jeremy Maclin.
In six seasons, Smith has 266 catches for 4,521 yards and 37 touchdowns. His best two seasons were in 2013 and 2014, when he tallied consecutive 80-plus reception years. Injuries plagued his 2015 season. The Bears are still in ongoing discussions with Jeffery's party. Whether the Bears had a competitive offer on the table is unknown and irrelevant.
Plus, at only 27-years-old, there is a fair amount of upside here.
The Philadelphia Eagles have signed free-agent wide receiver and former Chicago Bear Alshon Jeffery to a one-year deal. Jeffery was contrite when asked about his misstep that cost him four games last season.
But clearly he is looking for more.
"I thought he did a good job taking care of his body this year", Pace told the Chicago Tribune.
Jeffery is a man of few words but said all the right things in his introductory press conference Friday. "We know we're going to need all those guys", Roseman said. And who could fault him?
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For Jeffery and Smith, it also helps having the quarterback.
The Eagles, with young quarterback Carson Wentz, would be an interesting destination for Jeffery.
But what did the Eagles get in return?
Jeffrey had 52 catches for 821 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2016. He still managed 94 targets in those nine games - a pretty incredible rate - catching 54 balls for 807 yards and four scores. And while the finger was pointed at a number of drops the receivers had, the truth is, Wentz was given a bad hand from the start.
If Jeffery makes up for it, that will be in Philly, not in Chicago. And when the field got shorter, Wentz wasn't that great either: "He finished 23rd in the league in red zone completion percentage at 49.5%", he wrote. This year the Eagles chose to be buyers.
Because of the way Jeffery's deal is structured, he will only count $9.5 million against the cap in 2017.
"(Wentz) had a lot to do with it", said Jeffery. "I don't know if there's a secret or not".