The Chicago Bears have agreed in-principle to a contract with wide receiver Allen Robinson for three-years, $42 million dollars with $25 million guaranteed.
Take a breath Bears fans.
In a move that made entirely too much sense, the Chicago Bears and general manager Ryan Pace land the best free agent receiver on the market. Robinson will land a deal with the Bears that will keep him in Chicago for the next three years intending to sign a contract worth $42 million dollars over that span.
The former Penn State Nittany Lion will reunite with college teammate and close friend Adrian Amos on a Bears football team that features receiver Cameron Meredith and Mitch Trubisky at quarterback. Robinson was widely seen not only as the most desirable target but the most necessary one.
Of course, Pace gets the deal done at 2:00 a.m. CST. What great news to disturb your daylight savings hour recovery attempt – I mean, sleep.
We all get to watch another slumber get rumbled in 2018 when the Bears’ offensive explosiveness and creativity wakes up from its hibernation. September can’t come quick enough.
Robinson comes to the Bears with valid questions surrounding his availability. He’s about six months removed from an ACL tear that ended his season in week 1. Before the injury, he amassed more than 2,000 yards receiving and 20 touchdowns in the two seasons prior. The Bears haven’t had production like that from a single receiver since Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall both accomplished the feat in the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Should he be healthy, and the Bears believe he will be, Robinson will have no problems returning to the dynamic playmaker that he has been for the Jaguars.
Strangely enough, the news comes on the tail end of reports stating that Sammy Watkins was the true Bears’ No. 1 target and one could wonder if that was another Pace smokescreen. During his tenure, he’s proved to keep the business within Halas Hall Regardless, Trubisky gets a young target that he could grow with and one that offers a potential two-punch combination with Meredith.
At 6-foot-3, Robinson is not only a big, physical target in the air but explosive on the ground with great speed and acceleration. Offering the ability to be a jump-ball target or beating defenders with his savvy route running, Trubisky should be thrilled to have some reliability at the position.
Only 25-years-old, he gets a well-deserved $14 million dollars per year as receivers like him don’t casually hit the open market. When healthy, Robinson’s do-it-all ability definitely puts him in the top-15 and arguably in the top-10 receivers in the National Football League.
We can expect Robinson, Meredith and Trubisky to have a strong year under new head coach Matt Nagy and Offensive Coordinator Mark Helfrich’s Spread-Coast offensive brain-child. Barring any last minute changes, Pace lands one of the first free agent signings of the NFL offseason and it’s a big one.
He, director of player personnel Josh Lucas and the rest of the Bears brass will continue to be this aggressive in their pursuit to surround their franchise quarterback with help.
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