Report: Bears to sign WR Allen Robinson
The Chicago Bears have landed a big-time wide receiver in free agency to pair with young franchise quarterback Mitchell Trubisky for the foreseeable future. The Bears are set to sign former Jacksonville Jaguars wideout Allen Robinson once free agency begins on Wednesday, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Former Jaguars’ WR Allen Robinson intends to sign with the Chicago Bears barring any last-minute snags when free agency opens Wednesday, source tells ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018
ESPN’s Josina Anderson reports that Robinson is set to sign a three-year, $42 million contract with the Bears.
Robinson missed virtually all of last season after he suffered a torn ACL in the very first game of the year. That injury was a significant factor in the Jaguars opting not to hand him the franchise tag and allowing him to hit free agency.
The 24-year-old had 202 catches for 2,848 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns in his 43 games with the Jags, who drafted him in the second round in 2014. He had a breakout year in 2015 as he grabbed 80 balls for 1,400 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns.
The Bears beat out some stiff competition for Robinson’s signature, with the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, and Green Bay Packers all reportedly interested in the young wideout.
Robinson’s addition will be a major upgrade to a Bears receiving corps which finished dead-last in the league in both receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. Kendall Wright led Chicago with 59 receptions for 614 yards with one touchdown last season as their top two receivers, Kevin White and Cameron Meredith, both went down to season-ending injuries.
Robinson is set to assume the mantle of No. 1 target for Trubisky in that receiving group, which could hold some promise if White and Meredith fully recover from their respective injuries.