Since he was one of the few bright spots for the Bears in 2020, it is difficult to imagine that the Bears will not work out a way to keep him on the roster.
Sit back and enjoy @AllenRobinson's most insane catches of 2020.
You won't regret it. pic.twitter.com/xZp1a9bW6F
— NFL (@NFL) March 7, 2021
One of those options would be to apply the franchise tag on him.
Robinson is not thrilled with that idea, and the Bears can’t seem to decide if they want to do it.
The deadline for franchise tags is March 9 so the Bears will be making a decision today.
On March 2, Bears GM Ryan Pace said:
“The league gives us the franchise tag as an option. You know, that tool is there for a reason. We haven’t made a firm decision on any of that yet. We love Allen Robinson – not just a player and a teammate; the professional that he is. We want to keep our players, and Allen is a good player.”
“When you talk about a one-year deal, or whatever the case might be, something that you’re kind of forced into— as a player, when you’re coming off of 3,000 yards in three seasons, you help take a team to the playoffs two out of three years, you do feel deserving of the long-term, no matter where that will be.”
The Bears have reportedly been working on an Allen Robinson deal for months.
According to Da Bears Blogger Jeff Hughes, here is what has transpired between the Bears and Robinson.
“The Bears should not even consider a roster next season with him. and that consideration does not require paying him north of $80 million, despite the #extendarob movement on social media. The Bears have made many substantial, lucrative offers to Robinson and his side has rejected all of them. He wants $100 million. No one is going to pay him that.”
Assuming the Bears and Robinson cannot make a deal happen, here are three potential landing spots for Allen Robinson.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars
This is a no-brainer.
Robinson was drafted by the Jaguars in the 2014 NFL Draft (2nd round, 61st overall).
It has to be appealing to go back to where it all began with Urban Meyer as the head coach and most likely Trevor Lawrence as the starting quarterback.
The idea has certainly crossed Robinson’s mind.
The world needs to see the Allen Robinson-Trevor Lawrence connection 🙌 pic.twitter.com/9k7ZlNoSQy
— PFF (@PFF) March 3, 2021
2. Washington Football Team
Jeremy Fowler just reported on sports center that he’s got Allen Robinson going to #WFT 🥶👀
— 🛶❄️ (@IcyMcLaurin) February 14, 2021
Following the release of Alex Smith, WFT does not have a quarterback.
They do have a great wide receiver in Terry McLaurin.
Pairing McLaurin with Robinson and inserting a new quarterback is a definite upgrade to the offense.
3. New England Patriots
There appear to be many free agent wide receivers available, and the New England Patriots should be in the market for one or more of them.
Julian Edelman is 34, and he has endured injuries.
A 27 year old healthy playmaker like Allen Robinson could be a star on a Bill Belichick team if Belichick finds a quarterback.
Money could be an issue though.
— Patriots on CLNS (@PatriotsCLNS) January 14, 2021
If Allen Robinson is not franchise tagged, it will be fascinating to see which teams express interest and how much money they are willing to pay him.