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Bears agree to terms with rookie WR Alshon Jeffery

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The Bears have agreed to terms with wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, their second-round draft pick, on a four-year contract, the team announced Wednesday.

The 6-3, 216-pound Jeffery was the 45th overall pick in the draft. He had 49 receptions for 762 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior at South Carolina in 2011. As a sophomore he set school records with 88 receptions for 1,517 yards (17.2 yards per catch) and caught nine touchdown passes.

The Bears traded their fifth-round pick (150th overall) to the Rams to move from 50th to 45th in the second round to get Jeffery, leap-frogging the Seattle Seahawks (47th) in the process. After Seahawks coach Pete Carroll took West Virginia's Bruce Irvin, whom he recruited as coach at USC, in the first-round, there was speculation he would target the highly touted Jeffery, who had committed to USC and Carroll while in high school before changing his mind and signing with South Carolina in 2009.

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One thing Phil Emery did this off-season, he gave Jay Cutler some weapons, starting with the Brandon Marshall trade to the drafting of Alshon Jeffery, nice moves. The Bears needed size and playmaking ability at receiver, they got it.

The one thing I like about Alshon Jeffery the most, is the ability he has to pluck the ball out of the air in jump ball situations, this will help, especially down in the red zone. Jeffery also gives the Bears a player that can make the circus catch and a very elusive player in the open field. Proof of this, Jeffery's 3,042 yards are a school record and the 2nd most in SEC history, thats saying something. He should be a heck of a pro GO BEARS!!

RIP Junior Seau. One of the best to ever play the game.

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