Allen Robinson II
WR - CHI
Week 17 Outlook
Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson has "come to a fork in the road" amidst contract negotiations with the front office, as the talented receiver appears to be heading towards a franchise tag if he opts to stay in Chicago for the 2021 season.
Robinson caught 102 of 151 targets for Chicago in 2020, racking up 1,250 yards and six touchdowns to be the clear-cut option in the Bears' receiving corps. Despite these numbers, Robinson is reportedly having a difficult time arriving at a long-term contract extension, telling Around the NFL's Nick Shook, "With all that being said, unfortunately we've come to what seems to be a fork in the road. But not even a fork. We haven't even been given a viable option to be able to do those things that we want to do without sacrificing a ridiculous amount pretty much for the rest of my career." Robinson will field plenty of suitors on the open market should he decide to force a trade out of Chicago, as his elite receiving abilities can revamp an offense missing a clear-cut WR1. Fantasy managers and fans alike should continue to closely monitor this situation in Chicago.
As the franchise tag deadline approaches, there has been minimal chatter between the Bears and wide receiver Allen Robinson. In fact, Chicago has not discussed a new contract with the impending free agent since September.
This lack of communication between the two sides implies that the franchise tag could be in play. Chicago would presumably love to bring Robinson back, as his presence would be a major benefit alongside a new quarterback in the fall. Robinson, who finished as the WR9 this past season, checks in at No. 8 in the latest expert consensus draft rankings for 2021.
When asked about his upcoming free agency, Bears WR Allen Robinson said: "right now, everything is pretty much on the table."
"I personally feel like we had an opportunity to be able to get something done over the past 365 days," Robinson added, which is a pretty clear indication that he was hoping to re-sign with the Bears. Re-signing A-Rob should be a priority for Chicago, however, as they would have a severe lacking of offensive skill talent should he move on. Robinson also added that he doesn't want to be franchise tagged.
Allen Robinson II saw seven targets and caught six balls for 55 yards in a first-round loss to the Saints.
With Darnell Mooney inactive and Anthony Miller getting ejected, the Saints were able to focus on Robinson and and keep him from having a big night. His 2020 campaign comes to an end with a career-high 102 receptions for 1,250 yards, the most he's accumulated since 2015. His inability to strike a contract extension with the Bears was a big talking point this offseason and likely will be over the next few months. While it's possible that the Bears can retain him under the franchise or transition tag, Robinson would make for a top free agent if he hits the market. He'll head into 2021 coming off of a career year and just 28 years old.
Allen Robinson caught two of five targets for 37 yards in the Bears’ 35-16 loss to the Packers on Sunday.
Robinson took a backseat to the likes of Darnell Mooney, David Montgomery, and Cole Kmet, who all saw significantly more work in the Week 17 loss. The All-Pro wideout has likely played his final regular-season game as a Chicago Bear, and he heads into free agency with a 1,250/6 receiving line that included a career-high 102 receptions. He should be one of the most highly sought after WRs in 2021.
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