National Football League free agent rumors: WR Allen Robinson to sign with Bears

National Football League free agent rumors: WR Allen Robinson to sign with Bears

Robinson made just one catch in 2017 before suffering his torn ACL. The benefit to him is he'll be 27 when it expires and set up for a big deal if his play merits it. 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.

Well, he officially will on Wednesday.

Much has been written about the Bears' fascination with Robinson, who's coming off ACL surgery on his left knee after making one catch in the Jaguars' opener last season. Check out Dan Durkin's film breakdown of Robinson. 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.

That historically bad season at receiver put the franchise in position to aggressively find Trubisky a No. 1 wideout.

Robinson's numbers slid in 2016 followed by last season's injury, leaving the Jaguars unwilling to place a franchise tag on him.

Here's a look at what the Bears have done.

Restricted free agents are players with three accrued seasons. After leading the National Football League with 31 catches of 20 or more yards in 2015, Robinson had just 11 in 2016.

The Bears certainly aren't done adding at receiver.

Contract details have yet to be announced but according to Spotrac Robinson's market value is estimated at almost $14M a year over five seasons.

Trubisky lacked a big, reliable target - or any target really - in his rookie season.

Robinson joins Pernell McPhee, Danny Trevathan and Glennon as opening splash free-agent signings for Pace.

Trubisky had a solid season for the Bears a year ago, completing 59.4 percent of his passes for 2,193 yards and seven touchdowns.

But the guy who should've been the Bears' first priority is Sammy Watkins because he would've given the Bears something they don't have: A receiver with separation speed.



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