We are already into the thick of the NFL offseason, and that means free agency. Teams can’t contact free agents until March 15th, but news of the top players will circulate as we close in on that starting point. Dak Prescott, Chris Godwin, Allen Robinson, and Kenny Golladay are just a few of the big names set to hit unrestricted free agency when the new league year opens on March 17th. One or more stands a good chance of signing a contract with their current team or being franchise-tagged before then, but there is a chance one or more is taking calls when the tampering period opens on March 15th.
Below, we will take a look at free agent wide receiver Allen Robinson.
2020 in review
The Chicago Bears’ quarterback carousel was something special, but Robinson performed at an elite level despite his team’s inconsistency under center. Robinson ranked inside the top five in receptions (102) and targets (151). He racked up 1,250 receiving yards and six scores by the end of the 2020 season.
Most of the teams with enough money to sign Allen to a big deal aren’t likely to make the playoffs, and that's what makes the Indianapolis Colts so dangerous. They have an elite defense, a strong rushing attack, and need depth out wide. The team added Carson Wentz via trade, and while it’s unclear if Wentz will return to his earlier career form, acquiring Robinson makes a lot of sense.
Do the Bears want to keep him?
The Bears haven’t been outspoken about wanting Robinson to return. Robinson said he’s “open to anything on the table,” but it’s worth noting the two sides have not had extension conversations since September. Robinson is running out of time to sign a big-time, long-term deal. Chicago will likely have to give him a major payday to keep him.
Robinson has been a top-10 PPR wideout in two straight seasons, and it’s hard to see him falling off the map given his recent success. The 27-year-old is still in his prime and has a chance to build on his career-high reception mark from last year. An upgrade from Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles could help Robinson reach new heights in 2021.
Robinson started his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and there’s speculation that he could return. The Jaguars have the top pick in the NFL Draft and will likely select Trevor Lawrence out of Clemson. Jacksonville has more cap space than any team in the league and could maximize Lawrence’s potential by signing Robinson.