Two Bears players among top 50 best selling in NFL merchandise
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When compared to the rest of the NFL, the Bears don’t exactly have one of the faces of the league. Their quarterback isn’t the most likable, their running back is quiet, their wide receivers are young and their defense is unknown.
However, that’s not stopping Bears fans from supporting their favorite players. NFL Players Inc. released their list of the 50 players with the best selling merchandise.
While the Bears didn’t have anyone crack the top 30, there were a pair of players to sneak into the top 50. The numbers come from March1 to November 30, 2015. Matt Forte was the highest up the list for the Bears, coming in at No. 33, Alshon Jeffery just snuck in as well at No. 50.
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Noticeably absent from the list is quarterback Jay Cutler. The sometimes cantankerous quarterback had many believing he was in his final year with the Bears before his resurgent season, which may have hurt his merchandise sales.
Over the last decade, the Bears have had some of the most popular jerseys in the NFL. They regularly had five or more players included in the top sellers. However, with departures of Brandon Marshall, Julius Peppers, Brian Urlacher and Devin Hester have dropped the numbers significantly.
The Bears could truly be without a face of the franchise if things go wrong this offseason. Both Jeffery and Forte are free agents, theoretically leaving the Bears without a player in the top 50 heading into the NFL Draft.