The three o'clock deadline for NFL teams to apply the franchise tag has come and is long gone. The Chicago Bears placed the tag on star wide receiver Allen Robinson. They've tentatively avoided Allen Robinson walking away from Chicago for nothing and creating a huge hole in their offense.
However, Allen Robinson is refusing to sign the tag according to Jeremy Fowler on ESPN SportsCenter.
"Allen Robinson, I'm told, has zero plans to sign his franchise tag in the immediate future. So considering their contract negotiations in the fall did not go well, this could drag out a long while where Robinson doesn't show up, doesn't sign that tag."
It's clear that Robinson has been the best offensive producer in Chicago during his tenure. He has slightly under 2,400 receiving yards in two years and 13 touchdowns. There are only two receivers currently who have had more yards than him in that two-year span: Stefon Diggs and DeAndre Hopkins. When you take into consideration the quarterbacks the aforementioned receivers have throwing to them, and compare that to Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles, it's abundantly clear that Robinson has been a massive difference maker.
Now if the Bears relinquish their best offensive weapon, their attention turns to Darnell Mooney. Mooney had 631 recieving yards and four touchdowns in 2020. Recently in an interview, head coach Matt Nagy praised the young breakout receiver comparing him to Tyreek Hill and DeSean Jackson.
That is quite the high praise coming from his head coach but realistically, it isn't surprising to hear a head coach show appreciation for a rookie player who had low expectations in the first place.
The franchise tag pays Robinson $18 million in base salary for 2021. It's believed to be much lower than what he wanted. If they cannot come to any kind of agreement before the July 15th extension deadline, then the Bears could be in for a very difficult 2021 season.