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Jeff DickersonESPN Employees Author
- Dickerson covers the Chicago Bears for ESPN’s NFL Nation. He’s the co-host of “Dickerson & Hood” on the ESPN Radio nationwide community, and is heard in Chicago on ESPN 1000.
“Yeah, I’d say so,” Robinson mentioned on Zoom name with Chicago media, when requested if he anticipates being with the Bears for the remainder of 2020. “… I’ve talked to [general manager] Ryan [Pace], I’ve talked to Coach [Matt] Nagy. So far as all the things else, we’re within the clear with that.”
Robinson continued: “I am not going get into that [trade] element, however like I mentioned earlier than, my coronary heart and spirit has by no means wavered, so far as the town of Chicago and taking part in for this group. Clearly, you dive into the enterprise of the sport, and there is totally different variables that go into that. However how I really feel about my teammates, how I really feel about this group, how I really feel about this metropolis and all the things like that has by no means wavered. While you’re on this enterprise and in a state of affairs like this, issues come up.”
Sources advised ESPN’s Dan Graziano on Tuesday that Robinson knowledgeable the Bears that he would somewhat be traded if the 2 sides can not attain an settlement on an extension. The Chicago Tribune additionally reported Tuesday that Robinson, who’s within the ultimate yr of his contract, has requested a commerce.
Robinson’s agent, Brandon Parker, denied that report, telling ESPN’s Adam Schefter that neither he nor Robinson requested a commerce, however Parker acknowledged that Robinson was upset the Bears wouldn’t pay him market worth.
Nagy mentioned Wednesday that he had a personal dialog with Robinson in regards to the contract stalemate.
“You understand how we roll right here, we speak about issues, and so I had a terrific dialog with Allen, simply enthusiastic about the place we’re at,” Nagy mentioned on a Zoom name. “He is a pacesetter, he is a vital a part of our group. So far as the [contract] a part of it, that is not my world. … However I believe that our gamers all notice the historical past that we have now right here with regard to taking good care of guys.
“And I believe it was a very, actually good speak that Allen and I had. I believe when you may have conditions like this, it is solely honest that each be capable of speak. So hopefully, you understand, I believe he positively feels good, and he is assured that we would like him to be right here and that he desires to be right here. In order that’s actually the final word purpose in all of this.”
Robinson, 27, will make $13 million in 2020. He not too long ago eliminated references to the Bears from his social media accounts, however a number of of Robinson’s teammates posted messages on Twitter calling for the group to increase the favored vast receiver.
“We all the time help one another one hundred pc, all the way in which, so we’re all the time behind our teammates,” Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky mentioned on a Zoom name. “However I believe it is actually easy for us. It might seem to be a distraction on-line or on Twitter or no matter it’s, however we do not see that within the locker room. We do not see that on discipline.
“Particularly with Allen and a whole lot of the fellows we have now on offense, you by no means bought to fret about that sort of factor as a result of we’re attacking follow, and all the things’s a team-first mentality. As a result of I do know these guys in that locker room, so the way in which he has dealt with himself and the remainder of the fellows on offense, it is skilled. They’re making an attempt to get higher. I believe all that different stuff will handle itself.”
Robinson caught 5 passes for 74 yards on 9 targets in Week 1. Final season, Robinson led the Bears with 98 receptions for 1,147 yards and 7 touchdowns, regardless of taking part in on one of many league’s worst offenses. Robinson spent 4 years in Jacksonville (2014 to 2017), the place he earned an invite to the Professional Bowl after catching 80 passes for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2015.
Robinson suffered a season-ending knee damage in Week 1 of 2017, his ultimate yr in Jacksonville, and was not absolutely wholesome for the Bears in 2018. Even so, he recorded 55 receptions for 754 yards and 4 touchdowns in 13 video games performed.
“After we work on these offers, we all know how vital A-Rob is to us, not simply as a participant however as a teammate,” Tempo mentioned on Sept. 7.
Furthering Robinson’s frustration has been the rash of contract extensions awarded to vast receivers over the previous month, together with to the Arizona Cardinals‘ DeAndre Hopkins, the Los Angeles Chargers‘ Keenan Allen and the Los Angeles Rams‘ Cooper Kupp.
Hopkins’ new deal is value essentially the most when it comes to common wage ($27.25 million) amongst NFL receivers. Atlanta’s Julio Jones ($22 million), Allen ($20.025 million) and Dallas’ Amari Cooper ($20 million) all have agreements that can common not less than $20 million over the lifetime of their offers.
Robinson’s expiring three-year contract with Chicago averages $14 million per season, fifteenth within the league for vast receivers.