The Chicago Bears have watched other teams go through something like this before. Sadly now they’re smack in the middle of it. After months of opportunities to work out a contract extension with wide receiver Allen Robinson, nothing got done. Now the team appears to be suffering the consequences.
Robinson’s camp has gone on the attack. On Tuesday morning, the receiver removed all Bears-related mentions on his Twitter and Instagram. Tom Pelissero reported the receiver feels “disrespected” by the team for not offering him the money he feels he’s worth. It appears things have escalated even further.
According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, Robinson and his agent have requested a trade.
“Star wide receiver Allen Robinson removed mentions of the Chicago Bears from his Twitter and Instagram accounts Tuesday, presumably because he’s frustrated at a lack of progress toward a contract extension.
The divide between Robinson and the Bears runs deeper than that, though, as a league source told the Tribune that Robinson has asked about a possible trade.
How far apart the sides are in negotiations on a new contract is unknown, but it’s highly unlikely Robinson would inquire about the possibility of being traded if they were anywhere near an agreement.”
Allen Robinson isn’t going to stand by and wait
GM Ryan Pace is under a lot of fire for this situation. People feel it can and should’ve been avoided months ago. Yet the Bears chose to wait. Why? Nobody knows for sure. Most likely a major gap between the two sides on money. Robinson wants a certain dollar amount and the Bears are reluctant to give it to him. The longer the stalling has gone on, the more frustrated Robinson became. At last, the dam finally broke.
Would they actually trade him? That’s unlikely. He’s too important to their offense right now. Pace will likely try to weather the storm and continue seeking common ground. That said, if the Bears do entertain the idea it’s fair to think they can get a decent return on him.
At least a 2nd round pick based on recent deals for other wide receivers like DeAndre Hopkins. Odds are they’ll want more. Robinson is in his physical prime and coming off one of his best seasons.