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Report: Bears haven’t spoken to Allen Robinson about new contract since September

The veteran wide receiver might be somewhere else next season or could possibly be in Chicago for another year.

Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson (12) runs with the ball during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Robinson confirms this report:

Wide receiver Allen Robinson and the Chicago Bears have not had any conversations about a long-term contract extension since September, per Tom Pelissero of The NFL Network.

Robinson’s status with the team has been looming this entire season as he’s an impending unrestricted free agent this offseason. If the veteran wide receiver was to hit the open market, he would likely command a sizable market of teams looking for a No. 1 wideout.

Last season, the former Penn State wide receiver produced his second-straight 1,000-yard season with 102 receptions (151 targets) for 1,250 yards and six touchdowns. Robinson was asked about his future with the team in an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio last week. The 27-year-old wideout said that there was an “open line of communication”, but neither side had spoken to each other for “some time.”

If the Bears ultimately want to keep Robinson at least for one more season to work out a longer deal, they could give him the franchise tag. This would pay him upwards of $16-17 million for the 2021 season. The Bears have between February 23 and March 9 to decide if they want to go that route.

If Chicago does that, they could look to trade him elsewhere, especially if they can’t come to terms on a long-term deal.