Allen Robinson recently expressed his opinion on his situation in Chicago and what he wants going forward.
Robinson was one of the players the Bears chose not to extend. He enters the final year of his three-year, $42 million contract.
He voiced his concerns before the season on social media.
Robinson came from Jacksonville, who drafted him with the 61st overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
*All stats from pro-football-reference.com*
In his career, Robinson has caught 360 passes for 4,823 yards and 33 touchdowns. He surpassed the 1,000-yard receiving mark twice, once in Jacksonville, once in Chicago.
Besides the fact that Robinson may want out if there isn’t a new contract agreed upon soon, his teammates want him to stay. They have gone to social media, using the hashtag #ExtendAR.
If Robinson and the Bears can’t agree upon a deal, what team could take advantage of his situation and trade for him?
Washington Football Team
The Washington Football Team surprised everyone, coming out with a Week One victory against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles, who are always projected to be a top-two team in their division, didn’t live up to the hype. The Football Team bested them by a score of 27-17. Dwayne Haskins came out with 178 yards passing and a touchdown. The Football Team’s defense got it done for them, but that won’t always be the case. Haskins needs another playmaker who could rack up 70+ receiving yards a game.
Besides, if the Football Team trades for Robinson, it gives Terry McLaurin more looks from Haskins. Opposing teams would have to gameplan for two talented receivers, rather than one. McLaurin is the sole receiver defenses try to stop when they play Washington.
For the Football Team to be a competitive team, with a shot at the playoffs, they need a dynamic playmaker like Robinson. He could help bring Haskins over 200 yards per game.
Potential Trade: Football Team give up a 2021 third-round pick to acquire Robinson.
Get this, Robinson returns to the team who drafted him and got his old starting spot back. He never played under Head Coach Doug Marrone and may prefer his offense. With the loss of Leonard Fournette, they lose an explosive runner and now look more towards the passing game. Their starting three receivers consist of DJ Chark Jr, Laviska Shenault Jr, and Keelan Cole Sr.
Robinson could come in and make an immediate impact on the Jaguars offense. Gardner Minshew II would love to have another receiver join the team. He’s hungrier than ever to prove the haters wrong. Minshew doesn’t want to hear another word about the Jaguars tanking for a QB who will take his job.
Potential Trade: Jaguars trade a 2021 fourth-round pick and a 2022 seventh-round pick for Robinson.
New England Patriots
The New England Patriots are coming off a win with new quarterback Cam Newton. Even though they beat the Dolphins 21-11, their passing game could’ve been better. Newton completed 15 passes for 155 yards and zero touchdowns. Cam did show his old self though, rushing for 75 yards on 15 attempts and scoring two touchdowns. If Newton ran the ball 15 times, more than his running backs, it shows that an upgrade at the receiver position might be necessary.
Cam’s WR1 is a 34-year-old Julian Edelman. He’s still going strong, yet may not be at the same level he once was for much longer. Besides that, Cam has N’Keal Harry; the Patriots first-round pick from 2019. Robinson would come in and take the number one spot and allow Cam to stay in the pocket a little longer. Even though Newton is a great running quarterback, he’s suffered multiple injuries since entering the league in 2011. According to sportsinjurypredictor.com, Newton has a 77% chance of injury this year. The addition of Robinson may lower that percentage, just by him getting open more.
Potential Trade: Patriots trade a 2021 fifth-round pick and a 2022 sixth-round pick for Robinson.
All three teams could use the addition of Robinson to their lineup and would be an immediate starter. With the Bears not willing to pay his contract, they will likely trade for one or two draft picks.
The Bears are coming off of a Week One victory and have some momentum going for them. Maybe if they pick up another win, Robinson realizes he may want to stay on the team and go for a ring.
Whatever Robinson chooses, the team he goes to or even stays with will be fortunate to have him.