Allen Hurns responds to Allen Robinson’s attempt to recruit him to Bears
In the latest string of roster moves on Tuesday, the Jacksonville Jaguars decided to part ways with veteran wide receiver Allen Hurns after four seasons. This immediately put him on the open market as a top commodity in free agency, and he has plenty of choices available, including a team in the NFC North looking to make a jump in 2018.
His sudden availability has caught the attention of former teammate wideout Allen Robinson, who made a public pitch over social media to have Hurns join him with the Chicago Bears.
It didn’t take long for Hurns to respond to the message with possible interest in making the leap to Chicago.
— Allen Hurns (@A1hurns) March 20, 2018
Hurns clearly has a strong bond with Robinson that extends off the field, which could lead to the two possibly pairing up once again with the Bears. The team has gone through many changes to their roster this offseason, and the addition of the 26-year-old would be another step in the right direction toward putting together a formidable offense next season.
Through his first four seasons, Hurns has developed into a highly impactful factor in the passing game, but he has seen his playing time limited due to injuries over the last few years.
He demonstrated what he could do in an expanded role in the 2015 season, where he had career highs with 64 catches for 1,031 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. In fact, he and Robinson each had more than 1,000 receiving yards that year, making them the first wide receiver duo in Jaguars history since Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell to do so (2001).
The acquisition of Hurns would provide second-year quarterback Mitchell Turbisky another proven asset in the passing game that could help him lead the Bears to success next season. The front office still has a significant amount of salary cap space to present him with an attractive offer that could lure the talented wideout to the Windy City. With there being interest from Hurns to join the mix, things could quickly pick up over the next few days.