March 23, 2018

Bears expected to sign wide receiver Allen Robinson

13 March 2018, 02:47 | Joan Schultz

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Robinson will sign with the Bears when free agency begins on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

If you didn't have a chance to read that, take a look (LINK).

Note: the restricted free agency period ends on April 20.

The 25-year-old is coming off a torn ACL suffered in the third preseason game this past season. I mentioned this on the free agent primer podcast we did last week, saying that he wouldn't have competition for targets with the Bears, whereas if he went to the 49ers, he'd be competing for targets with Pierre Garcon, Marquise Goodwin, and even Trent Taylor at times. At first glance, this contract seems right for Robinson who has to prove he can rebound from the injury, while also showing that he is closer to the 2015 version than the one in 2016 who averaged 5.4 fewer yards per catch.

Robinson also expressed interest in moving to Chicago.

Robinson will walk into an immediate No. 1 role with the Bears, who are now project to start Robinson and Kevin White on the perimeter, with Cameron Meredith in the slot.

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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. Robinson is the type of player who can make sideline catches and be a weapon in the red zone.

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

Robinson's addition will be a major upgrade to a Bears receiving corps which finished dead-last in the league in both receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.

This signing will be tied directly to the evaluation of Pace in his fourth season with his second head coach and a 14-34 record.

Adding receivers for Trubisky was a top priority for Pace.

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