At the start of the 2021 season schedule, set for March 17, Allen Robinson will reach free agency and at the moment it seems that the Bears are a long way from retaining the wide receiver.
According to information from Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, the Chicago organization, and the 27-year-old receiver have not discussed a contract extension since September 2020.
Last September, the date when the Bears and Robinson allegedly had their last approach, the Penn State product was expressed dissatisfied in Chicago and there was even speculation that it could be traded (a rumor that persisted throughout the season).
Given the precarious situation facing the Illinois club, Pelissero added that the Bears could use the franchise tag on Robinson. This route would provide him with a salary of approximately 21 million dollars in 2021, which represents a significant increase compared to the average of 14 million dollars that he pocketed between 2018 and 2020.
Should the Bears go this route, the window for the designation begins February 23 and runs through March 9. This move would buy Chicago time to negotiate a long-term deal with Robinson.
For his part, the receiver assured that he is willing to negotiate with the Bears although he confirmed that there is no open line with the club. He added that he does not close the doors to the Jaguars, a club that recruited him in 2014.
If Robinson chooses to probe free agency, he could receive multiple big offers considering that in his last two seasons, in which he played for Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles, he amassed 2,397 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Other featured catchers available are AJ Green, TY Hilton, Sammy Watkins, Larry Fitzgerald, Marvin Jones, Corey Davis, and Will Fuller.