The Chicago Bears are reportedly expected to land Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson when the free agency opens to coincide with the new league's kick-off on Wednesday. Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, it's a three-year deal worth "roughly" $25 million guaranteed and $42 million overall. The original-round tender is worth $1.907 million this year. That means the Bears can match any offer from other teams, but won't receive compensation if they choose to not sign either player. He posted 73 catches for 883 yards with six touchdowns in the following season.
The 24-year-old, a second-round pick for the Jaguars in 2014, earned a Pro Bowl nod in 2015 after setting a franchise record with 14 TD catches.
But the guy who should've been the Bears' first priority is Sammy Watkins because he would've given the Bears something they don't have: A receiver with separation speed.
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Although Sebastien Corchia has returned to training following a groin injury, he has not travelled with the squad to Manchester. Their local rivals already have a hand on the Premier League trophy as they lead Red Devils by 13 points.
But if he's healthy to start offseason activities and if he can stay that way, then Robinson will bring a lot of things that will help a young quarterback such as Mitch Trubisky. To know that he did that without anything close to a top-tier wide receiver is impressive, though it's still a relatively small sample size. It doesn't appear they value him as much as some thought.
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Knowing their current state, Robinson likely landed in the optimal offense to succeed from a production standpoint. Not that he wouldn't have been the leader in the clubhouse, but it wasn't a clear-cut 120-plus target situation like it is with the Bears.