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Alshon Jeffery could be set to leave the Chicago Bears

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Times are hard in Chicago and for the staff all around the Bears, the 2016 season could be set to be one of the most unpredictable in franchise history.

In the last two years, the Bears have seen stars like Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett all leave for AFC East teams.

More names out?

The Bears are a team in transition under head coach John Fox and while they lost Forte, they found runningback Jeremy Langford.

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Langford looks set to lead the new look Bears into their next stage of rebuilding, but they may have to do it without another of their big names.

Wide receivier Alshon Jeffery was given the franchise tag by Chicago this off-season and there is now rumoured to be very little optimism that he will sign a long term deal.

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Jeffery is set to play the 2016 season in Chicago on the franchise tag unless the two parties can come to some arrangement.

That isn't looking likely right now with Jeffery set to earn $14.6 million on the tag but the Bears hoping to sign a cheaper deal than that.

The Bears have until July 15th to sign Jeffery to a long time deal or he will be play 2016 as a franchise tagged player.

If Jeffery doesn't sign a long term deal with Chicago, it looks like he could follow Marshall, Bennett and Forte and leave Soldier Field in search of a new home.

Tough competition

22016 could be a tough year for the Bears as it is, with the large amount of talent that they have lost, they now face an NFC North division with a rejuvenated Green Bay Packers.

The Packers were certainly sub- par in 2015 and while it can largely be attributed to the absence of star wide receiver Jordy Nelson and the weight issues of runningback Eddie Lacy, those issues don't seem to be a problem heading into 2016.

The Minnesota Vikings showed their worth last season as they claimed the division title meaning that the Bears have a mountain to climb if they want to cause an upset in the division.

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