Chicago Bears: 3 moves to make before free agency

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Chicago Bears, Allen Robinson
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Extend Allen Robinson

When the Bears signed Allen Robinson, they did so hoping he would bounce back from a torn ACL and become their true number one receiver. He has done so in grand fashion, catching 153 passes for 1,901 yards and 11 touchdowns in two seasons.

In 2018, Robinson became Mitchell Trubisky‘s favorite target down the stretch of the season when they started to develop some deeper chemistry. In 2019, Robinson was on a whole different level.

While Trubisky took a step back, it was Robinson who bailed his quarterback out on multiple occasions. Robinson’s catch radius and hands were put on full display each and every week last season.

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If Robinson has had the strong career thus far, with guys like Trubisky and Blake Bortles, imagine what happens when he gets an above average quarterback.

Robinson’s cap hit in 2020 is $15 million. The Bears should extend him for two reasons, with dollars being one of them. Obviously, the man deserves it and Chicago does not want to risk him hitting free agency in 2021.

But, if Pace can extend Robinson another three or four years while spreading out the cap hit a bit more, he’d have a little more breathing room for this year’s free agency period.