Considered to be the most attractive free agent on the market this offseason, now that Dak Prescott is locked up in Dallas, the odds favor Allen Robinson to stay with the Chicago Bears.
It’s true, Robinson is one of the best, most consistent wide receivers in the entire league. If the Bears were to let him walk for nothing, fans would be irate and the league would again be laughing at Ryan Pace.
The only thing worse than potentially letting him go would be trading him to the Green Bay Packers. The good thing is, I don’t think we will have to worry about that.
Odds Say Robinson Remains A Bear (+140)
Let’s call it like it is: Allen Robinson is one of the best free-agent signings in the history of Chicago. For those who disagree, look back on who the Bears have had at that position in the last thirty years and point out someone better.
Ryan Pace has made his mistakes, but even he knows he struck gold when #12 chose to sign three years ago. That gold only increased in value, while missing just three games in three years. Not only that, he played with Mike Glennon, Mitch Trubisky, and Nick Foles, three back-up level NFL QBs, and put up back-to-back thousand-yard seasons.
In the case that the Bears choose to part ways, the Baltimore Ravens come in with the second-highest odds (+500), Dolphins (+650), Jaguars, and Chiefs (+850). Robinson would likely end up in Baltimore, a team 95% complete and in need of a sure-fire weapon for Lamar Jackson. They would be a major problem in the AFC.
Long-Term Deal Or Franchise Tag?
The Bears have so many holes on their roster and it takes money to fill those holes. The wide receiver position cannot be viewed as a hole because the Bears currently control their top two options at the position. The franchise tag will end up costing the Bears more upfront but will benefit them in the long-run if they cannot land a franchise QB before week one.
Think about it this way: If Pace chooses to give Robinson four years and $80 million and they don’t have their offensive line and QB positions figured out, they will continue to be a below-average playoff team at best.
Even though Robinson has been publicly against the franchise tag, it could very well work in his favor IF the Bears land Russell Wilson. Robinson and Wilson could become one of the best duos in the league, his stats would skyrocket, and so would his paycheck over the next several seasons.
Robinson has put in his time and earned a long-term deal, but like many of us who have earned similar things in our professions, he’s going to have to grind a little bit longer and wait on it. It may end up being a blessing in disguise for the 27-year-old.
The Bears Need Robinson To Win Big Games
If the Chicago Bears can land Russell Wilson (and there is a chance), their offense will take a monumental leap. David Montgomery was a top-five rusher in 2020, Russell Wilson has thrown over 30 touchdowns in each of the last four seasons, and Allen Robinson has shown he’s a top-ten wide receiver in football. The thing is, if they don’t have their number one receiver, they have nothing.
Robinson had more third-down conversions than Darnell Mooney had receptions in 2020. I mean, seriously, are some Bears fans going to continue to believe he’s replaceable?
This fanbase is dying for a Super Bowl team, I get it. But just because they haven’t made it back and the offense has been bad, doesn’t demote #12 to an average-level player. Just like I said to Bulls fans about Zach LaVine before the season started, we are lucky to have A-Rob in our city.
LaVine got Billy Donovan and look what happened. If Robinson gets a quarterback, you’ll remember this article.
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