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Being reported that Allen Robinson is expected to sign with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday with a 3 year, $42m contract.

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Allen Robinson may be Ryan Pace’s last chance to get free agency right

Posted by Michael David Smith on March 13, 2018, 5:44 AM EDT
 

Last year, Bears G.M. Ryan Pace tried to bolster Chicago’s offense in free agency, signing quarterback Mike Glennon to a three-year, $45 million contract, and wide receiver Markus Wheaton to a two-year, $11 million contract. Those signings turned out to be big mistakes, and Glennon and Wheaton won’t be with the Bears in 2018.

This year, Pace has again tried to bolster the Bears’ offense, agreeing to a three-year, $42 million contract with wide receiver Allen Robinson. If this move doesn’t work out, it may be Pace’s last chance to right the ship in free agency.

Although Pace signed a contract extension this offseason, the Bears have finished in last place in the NFC North four consecutive years. Even with a new contract, Pace is on the hot seat.

And so Pace is desperate to show that the other big move he made last year, trading up to the second overall pick in the draft to select quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, was a smart one. And the best way to help Trubisky flourish in his second season is to surround him with weapons on offense.

That’s what the signing of Robinson was all about. If it works out, Trubisky should improve in his second season, the Bears should improve as a season, and Pace should get a chance to continue the rebuilding project. If the Bears are a last-place team for a fifth consecutive year, they’ll likely be looking for a new G.M. a year from now.

re-Build 3.0

Still sceptical so I say 7-9 or 8-8 if they get lucky.

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Report: Bears set to sign receiver Allen Robinson

Posted by Curtis Crabtree on March 13, 2018, 2:36 AM EDT
 

The Chicago Bears got the quarterback they believe to be the future of the franchise in last year’s NFL Draft. They appear to have found a top-tier target to kick off free agency in 2018.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson intends to sign with the Bears when free agency officially begins at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Per Josina Anderson of ESPN, Robinson said it’s a three-year, $42 million deal.

Robinson missed all but one game last season after tearing his ACL in Jacksonville’s season opener. However, he had recorded 153 receptions for 2,283 yards and 20 touchdowns over his previous two seasons with the Jaguars.

Robinson immediately becomes the most accomplished receiver on Chicago’s roster and gives Mitchell Trubisky a 6-foot-3 target that will still only be 25 years old when the 2018 regular season begins in September. Kendall Wright led Chicago with 59 receptions for 614 yards with one touchdown last season. No receiver had more than one receiving touchdown. Tight ends Adam Shaheen (three) and Zach Miller (two), and running back Benny Cunnhingham (two) were the only players with more than one receiving touchdown for the Bears last year.

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This will make the top two receivers on this team both recovering from ACL tears. I hope this is not as bad as that sounds.

re-Build 3.0

Still sceptical so I say 7-9 or 8-8 if they get lucky.

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I am excited that Pace is showing the aggression. The contract is lower because of the injury, but I would be surprised if that was the best offer he was given. So I am a bit excited that the Bears are becoming a viable option for FAs again.

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I like this signing, according to pretty much all the talking heads he was the top offensive get in this years FA so good job Pace keep it going. My only question is why didn't Jax resign him? Would have to assume they r up against salary cap hell. If healthy the guy is dangerous so lets all hope he healed really well and so far I've heard nothing that says he isnt.

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Allen Robinson

The future once looked exceedingly bright for Allen Robinson, but the promising wide receiver has hit a rough patch in his career. There's still a decent chance he pans out as one of the game's top wideouts, but it's far from guaranteed after the past two years. Robinson missed nearly the entire 2017 campaign after tearing his ACL early in the opener, an unfortunate follow-up to an underwhelming 2016 season.

A second-round pick in 2014, Robinson put together a respectable rookie outing, catching 48 passes for 548 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games (he was shut down with a stress fracture in his foot). But it was his sophomore showing that turned heads. The Penn State product put himself on the map by playing in all 16 of the Jacksonville Jaguars' contests, racking up 80 receptions on 153 targets for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Expectations were high the following year, but Robinson wasn't able to live up to them. Although he remained healthy and garnered nearly the same amount of targets (151) and catches (73), the 6'3", 211-pound receiver only generated 883 yards and six touchdowns.

Many projected a bounce-back year in 2017, but Robinson suffered the non-contact ACL injury on his first and only catch of the year. The injury kept him sidelined throughout Jacksonville's remarkable run to the AFC Championship Game, which may be a key reason the franchise is comfortable with letting its former No. 1 receiver test the open market.

The Jags declined to apply the franchise tag to Robinson, which would have paid him close to $16 million for the upcoming campaign. The 2015 Pro Bowler is the top available free agent at his position—a class that also includes teammates Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns—and should be in line for a mega contract despite his injury woes.

On the plus side, Robinson hasn't suffered any setbacks and appears well on his way to a full recovery. He should be back on the field in time for OTAs this spring and hopefully won't be negatively affected by the ACL tear going forward. Still, Robinson has only one spectacular season under his belt but will be almost surely be paid top dollar for his services.

It's far from certain he will be able to produce his 2015 numbers on a regular basis even if he returns to full health. If he winds up consistently performing around his 2016 level, the deal he signs will be a poor investment.

re-Build 3.0

Still sceptical so I say 7-9 or 8-8 if they get lucky.

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY bearslife

My only question is why didn't Jax resign him? Would have to assume they r up against salary cap hell.

Not exactly cap hell, but definitely trouble. They structured Bortle's new contract so the major hits are in years two and three, so they already actually have more cap space this year than next. So even though it looks like it would have been possible to resign him it would have hamstrung them in future years, even if front loading the contract.

I'll be most interested to see how this contract is structured. I've seen $25m guaranteed floated as a figure. At $14m average a year, I'd like to see basic salary of $7.5m & $9.5m in years two and three, $7m in year one fully guaranteed, $15m signing bonus with a $3m roster bonus in year two. This structure allows the Bears to get out of the contract after year two with only a $5m in dead money.

The three year length is significant. Effectively Robinson is taking the QB money. Trubisky will be in years 2-4 of his rookie contract so his cap hits of $6.5m to $9.5m per year when added to Robinson's cap hit will equal around what is being spent on the top QBs. Robinson's contract can then be taken off the books just as it's time to re-up Trubisky if he works out.

In the intervening years we can continue to pursue cheaper long term WR solutions via the draft in preparation for this occurrence.

Other than the injury concern, this should work out for the Bears perfectly, especially as the 1st round pick can now be spent on best player available instead of reaching for a WR.

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I always appreciate your knowledge of the salary cap issues, AC!

I never would of thought of the offset in salary with the Biscuits rookie wage. Very good point!

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This doesn't look horrible right?  I mean of the two WRs I like this kid better than the dude from Miami.  The injury is concerning but from what I've read he's got a good attitude, plenty of talent and far from a "dumpster dive.
 

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY PapaBear.OR

This doesn't look horrible right?  I mean of the two WRs I like this kid better than the dude from Miami.  The injury is concerning but from what I've read he's got a good attitude, plenty of talent and far from a "dumpster dive.
 

Seems he's ready to come out to Chicago...

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AR15 has a better ring to it ;)

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