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Report: Colts making “strong push” for Alshon Jeffery

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Free agency officially starts later this afternoon, and there have been a number of free agents the Colts have been connected to. But today a very interesting name entered the conversation that we previously hadn’t heard.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the Colts are “making a strong push” for Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. Rapoport said that the Eagles are also making a strong push, while the talks continue with the Bears.

Jeffery is a very good receiver, and since he was drafted in the second round of the 2012 Draft by the Bears he has played in 63 games and started 56 of them, catching 304 passes for 4,549 yards and 26 touchdowns. He has had two 1,000 yard seasons and made the Pro Bowl in 2013.

This would be a very interesting move for the Colts. They obviously have a very good wide receiver in T.Y. Hilton, but pairing him with someone like Jeffery - who’s also a very good receiver and who has good size - would make the offense even more dangerous and give Andrew Luck more weapons to work with. Donte Moncrief is a fine receiver, but after that the Colts don’t really have any reliable guys at the receiver position. Jeffery won’t be cheap, though, but he could be an exciting addition to the offense.

There’s nothing guaranteed, and it’s likely that the Bears will continue to make a push to re-sign him. But it sounds like we should definitely be keeping our eye on the Colts in the Jeffery conversation too.