While the Chicago Bears’ offseason has been dominated by quarterback trade discussions, another important issue is the way forward for star receiver Allen Robinson, who is slated to hit the free agent market later this month.
Given the Bears and Robinson haven’t had contract discussions since last September, there wasn’t a complete lot of optimism about them by surprise getting a deal carried out. Which naturally gave way to the assumption that Chicago will likely slap the franchise tag on Robinson ahead of the March 9 deadline.
With the franchise tag looming, each person was irregular as to what general manager Ryan Pace would have to say about Robinson’s future in Chicago when he met with the media on Tuesday. Although, to be fair, no person anticipated Pace to explain his hand.
And whereas Pace didn’t say worthy in his 30 minute press conference, the one thing you may take away was that he sounded like any person that has every scheme of retaining Robinson with the Bears in 2021.
“We have a ton of respect for Allen,” Pace said. “We have to achieve what’s easiest for the Bears too. We have in ideas the complete lot. . . . No firm decision on that but, but we know we have it at our disposal. . . . We want to assist our apt players and Allen is a apt player for us.”
Pace has a history for rewarding players in the past with a contract extension, and no person has earned an extension extra than Robinson over these last few seasons. He’s been far and away their easiest offensive player — posting back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons — and he’s been an fantastic teammate and particular person off the field.
While there’s no longer worthy to be sure of heading into the 2021 season, there’s some encouragement that Robinson will be the Bears subsequent season. Now, whether that’s with a contract extension or by way of the franchise tag remains to be viewed.