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Bears WR Allen Robinson said decision came down to Chicago, Packers

Allen Robinson, Jaguars

The Chicago Bears made a splash this offseason with the signing of former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson. Prior to his decision, Robinson had garnered plenty of interest from a number of teams hungry for playmakers.

It seems a fellow NFC North rival was also in the mix for his services. According to Mike Kaye of First Coast News, the Green Bay Packers were also on Robinson’s radar before his decision:

He garnered early interest from the New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns, two teams with enormous amounts of cap space. The Green Bay Packers also entered a bidding war for Robinson’s services.

It is certainly interesting to hear that Robinson chose the rebuilding Bears over a perennial contender like the Packers. However, he says the move to Chicago was the better fit.

“With all things being equal, Chicago was a place I had my eyes on from a football standpoint,” Robinson said during a phone conversation with First Coast News.

Green Bay made it clear at the start of the offseason that they were ready to re-tool their skill personnel on offense around quarterback Aaron Rodgers. It ultimately resulted in the departure of longtime No. 1 wideout Jordy Nelson, which was followed by the acquisition of former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham. However, it seems Robinson still felt Chicago simply had much more to offer.

It is not the first time these two teams have held a bidding war this offseason. The Packers also attempted to sign promising cornerback Kendall Fuller before the Bears quickly decided to match their offer.

Robinson will now undoubtedly be a featured piece in Chicago’s offensive attack as a bonafide weapon for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. The former Pro Bowler has even acknowledged that he has come to make Trubisky’s job much easier.