Bears reportedly expected to land Allen Robinson when free agency opens

Bears reportedly expected to land Allen Robinson when free agency opens

Robinson intends to sign with Chicago Bears on Wednesday when free agency opens, barring any last minute snags, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. Robinson told the Florida Times-Union that he'll be ready well ahead of training camp, which is good when considering he'll need as many reps as possible with his new quarterback Mitchell Trubiski. He saw a lofty 302 targets over 2015 and 2016, a number that only six other wide receivers surpassed in those two combined seasons, though those targets were far from what we'd call ideal. A quality route-runner, Robinson averaged 14.1 yards per catch in his three seasons before his knee injury, scoring 22 TDs in 42 games.

Robinson missed virtually all of last season after he suffered a torn ACL in the very first game of the year.

Robinson: one of the most desirable receivers on the market; Chicago: one of the most receiver-needy teams. Last offseason Pace tried to fill Jeffery's absence by signing Markus Wheaton, Kendall Wright and Victor Cruz in free agency to complement Cameron Meredith and Kevin White. After leading the National Football League with 31 catches of 20 or more yards in 2015, Robinson had just 11 in 2016. The lowest-level tender comes with original-round, draft-pick compensation; but since all three were undrafted rookies, the Bears would receive nothing if they leave.


Robinson will walk into an immediate No. 1 role with the Bears, who are now project to start Robinson and Kevin White on the perimeter, with Cameron Meredith in the slot.

This signing will be tied directly to the evaluation of Pace in his fourth season with his second head coach and a 14-34 record.

Bottom line, you don't bring in a player like Robinson to be a decoy.

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