At 11:59 PM on Saturday night ahead of kickoff for week two, the Bears extended Tarik Cohen to a three-year, $18.25 million contract with over half fully guaranteed. This came as a shock to most Bears fans because of the looming Allen Robinson contract negotiations. Tarik Cohen has been strongly advocating for the Allen Robinson extension himself.
Cohen, among many other players, has been utilizing the "Extend AR" hashtag since the negotiations went south. It's very clear that the team wants Allen Robinson there for the foreseeable future. While Tarik Cohen was giving his press conference today, he offered further support for an extension between the star wide receiver and the Bears. Coleen Kane asked him about this tweet and if he would keep pushing for Allen Robinson's extension.
"Oh yea, definitely, that was never anything about me. Regardless if I got mine or not, it's definitely time for him to get his, you know, get extended. I even left some money on the plate, you know, I took less so he can get more so to say. I would definitely love to see my boy get extended. He means a lot to the team."
- Tarik Cohen on Allen Robinson's contract extension
After that quote gained some traction, the Bears' running back took to Twitter for further clarification.
While Cohen indicated that he was joking about literally "leaving money on the plate" for an Allen Robinson extension, he continues to be vocal about his desire for the two sides to come to an agreement. While the nitty-gritty of contract details take place behind closed doors, perhaps Cohen's continued publicization of the situation will help push extension talks between the Bears and Allen Robinson in the right direction.