In the waning hours before the NFL Trade Deadline, reports have surfaced indicating the Chicago Bears are unlikely to trade WR Allen Robinson.
Robinson has struggled early this season. After speculation throughout the offseason that he was unhappy with his lack of a contract extension, the receiver signed and is playing on the franchise tag. Robinson is making just shy of $18 million this year but is playing like a fringe starter in the regular season.
After posting back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, the Penn State product is on pace for fewer than 600 yards this season. Robinson’s lowest total in Chicago was back in 2018 when he posted 754 yards, but he missed three games that year. Whether the production issues stem from a lack of usage in the current offense, or Justin Fields feeling more confident with other options, Robinson looks like an afterthought on the 2021 Bears.
Cause for Concern?
Make no mistake, as a Bears fan, I am a big Allen Robinson fan. I love the guy and would love him to stay in Chicago. However, if he’s not going to be traded, that tells me a few things. First, the Bears still see him as important. Let’s be honest, that’s good. And if he wants to say, albeit likely on a lower dollar value than what he wants, then fine. He’s a perfect target for Fields moving forward.
However, on the flip side, if the Bears aren’t trading him, has his value diminished on the open market to the point the Bears can’t get what they’d want in return for him? If that is the case, then there have to be alarms going off in Robinson’s head prior to hitting the free agency market.
As the deadline approaches at 4:00 PM EDT on Tuesday, Bears fans will continue to keep an eye on Twitter in search of trade rumors. The Bears are struggling at 3-5, and with a lack of draft capital next season, finding some trade partners may be a smart move. However, it appears the team’s most eligible trade chip will remain in Chicago for the rest of the season.
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