… WIT ‘DA BEARS’
Former University of South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has inked a four-year deal with the Chicago Bears – the team which selected him in the second round of last week’s NFL draft.
Terms of Jeffery’s signing were not disclosed, but the agreement is probably in the $4-6 million range with up to $2 million paid up front as a signing bonus. Jeffery will report to the team’s rookie mini-camp next week.
Jeffery declared his intention to enter the NFL draft shortly after USC’s 30-13 win over Nebraska in the 2012 Capital One Bowl – a game in which he hauled in this dramatic leaping touchdown grab on the final play of the first half.
In three years as a Gamecock, Jeffery caught 183 passes for a school-record 3,042 yards and 23 touchdowns – not bad for a guy who was once told by University of Southern California coach Lane Kiffin that he would wind up “pumping gas” if he came to play at South Carolina.
We expect him to thrive in Chicago, and look forward to him following in the footsteps of former USC receiving greats like Sterling Sharpe, Robert Brooks and Sidney Rice.