Bears general manager Ryan Pace explained Wednesday why the team will not place a franchise tag on receiver Alshon Jeffery for the second straight year.

I don't doubt the Eagles could have interest in Jeffery, but this report certainly smells like it's coming from an agent. "But I think there are certain instances where testing the market is a necessary part of the process".

Also, the Chicago Bears will be in the mix after opting against using the franchise tag to retain him.

After spening his entire five-year National Football League career with the Chicago Bears, Alshon Jeffrey will likely be playing elsewhere in 2017 when the team declined to apply the franchise tag for a second straight year.

Jeffery finished the 2016 season with 821 yards and two touchdowns on 52 receptions. "I'm trying to work with you all, but I hope you appreciate that".

Pace also said that Jay Cutler's situation is "fluid" with "a lot of conversations going on" between the team, Cutler and his agent Bus Cook. "I think it's a positive feeling". The 45th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft is projected at a value of $12.2 million a year by Sportrac with a possible asking price of $60 million for a five-year contract.