The Chicago Bears have just landed a new weapon for quarterback Mitch Trubisky.
Free agent wide receiver Allen Robinson intends to sign with the Bears, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The deal is expected to be worth $42 million over three seasons. No transactions can become official until the start of the NFL’s new league year on Wednesday, so this deal is of course barring a last-minute swoop in from another team.
Robinson, who spent the first four seasons of his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, essentially missed the entire 2017 season because of a torn ACL in his left knee, which occurred in the Jacksonville’s Week One game against the Houston Texans. The team announced on March 6 that they wouldn’t franchise or transition tag the Michigan alum.
Spotrac estimates that Robinson’s market value is a five-year, $68 million contract that has an average annual salary of $13.6 million. In-order to calculate that metric, Robinson’s production was compared to the likes of Dez Bryant, A.J. Green, DeAndre Hopkins, and T.Y. Hilton, and then Spotrac used the contracts of these four players to help balance out an appropriate payday for Robinson.
For Chicago, Robinson instantly becomes the team’s number one wide receiver, and he’ll provide an instant boost to a Chicago team that ranked last in the NFL in receiving yards. The Bears also tied with the Indianapolis Colts for the least amount of touchdown catches by a team in 2017 with just 13.
The San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, and Baltimore Ravens were all reportedly interested in Robinson, and those teams will likely turn their attention to the other receivers available on the open market, like Sammy Watkins, Marqise Lee, and Paul Richardson. Robinson was ranked the fourth best free agent available by our official free agent rankings.
For his career, Robinson has 202 catches for 2,848 yards and 22 touchdowns. His last full season in 2016 featured 73 catches for 883 yards and 6 touchdowns.
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