If the Chicago Bears won’t pay wide receiver Allen Robinson the money he expects they have to cut their losses and trade him for draft picks.
The Allen Robinson/Chicago Bears saga has lasted long enough. The star wide receiver wants to be paid like one of the top players in his position while the team wants to pay him a notch below that. Robinson has been the Bears’ top offensive asset despite the struggles with the quarterback position. He received the most targets by a wide margin during his three seasons in Chicago.
The team and Robinson haven’t been able to come to an agreement on a new contract, however. He will make about $18 million this season, but only because of the franchise tag the team slapped on him. The two sides have until July 15th to come up with an agreement on a long-term deal or they can’t negotiate until after the season ends.
The Bears cannot wait until July to make a move, though. They are looking for a quarterback, either through the draft or by somehow revisiting the Russell Wilson situation. Whichever route they take, they’ll likely make a trade to either move up and pick up a quarterback prospect or trade to acquire Wilson.
Making a trade requires the Bears to give up some of their draft capital. They currently have seven picks in this year’s draft. They have other positions they need to address (wide receiver, offensive line, cornerback) so they need to have as many picks as possible. If they give up a couple of draft picks on a quarterback they need to pick some up from elsewhere.
That’s where Robinson comes in.
Decision on Robinson needs to be made before the draft
At this time, the Chicago Bears should have a good idea of how the Robinson situation finishes. They should know whether they’ll give Robinson the huge contract he wants (and deserves). They can’t let it linger in the hopes of a deal magically happening. Kenny Golladay hit free agency and expected to make about $18 million per season over multiple seasons. Not many people expected that to happen but incredibly, the New York Giants did it. Golladay received a four-year, $72 million deal that could go up to $76 million with incentives. Of that, $40 million was guaranteed.
That bodes well for Robinson. He and Golladay are both roughly the same age except Golladay has had just one great season. Meanwhile, Robinson has multiple great seasons while playing with bad quarterbacks. If Golladay got $18 million per season then Robinson can certainly eclipse that amount.
If the Bears don’t want to pony up that type of money on Robinson they need to make that decision before the draft. They can pick up multiple draft picks for Robinson, thus solidifying their draft. They can then pick up another receiver to replace him and also help in another spot. There are teams like the Miami Dolphins who have a plethora of early picks and a need at wide receiver.
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The important thing is what general manager Ryan Pace’s state of mind is. He is already on the hot seat and needs to improve this team. Does he feel that George McCaskey will give him another chance if he sees the team is on the right track? He then doesn’t have to raise the win total dramatically to keep his job. If he finally hits on a quarterback and shores up the roster in other places and the team becomes competitive, that might be good enough for him to keep his job.
If that is the case, Pace and the Chicago Bears need to trade the wildly popular Robinson and acquire more picks. There are teams willing to trade for Robinson and Pace needs to think if trading Robinson is good for the team.