Chicago Bears: Allen Robinson is the perfect trade chip

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The Chicago Bears are 2-2. However, they are about as good of a football team as an 0-4 squad. They have a lot of talent on the roster but they are as poorly coached as any team in the league. Matt Nagy finally agreed to name Justin Fields as the permanent starting quarterback regardless of Andy Dalton’s status. However, that doesn’t mean the Bears will be in position to succeed anytime soon.

As a result of their lack of success, they should be sellers at the trade deadline. They don’t have a first round pick in 2022 because they used to to get Justin Fiellds so they might want to restock on their draft capital. They are also a cap-team that doesn’t win a lot so that isn’t a recipe for success either.

One person they might be smart to sell off at the deadline is Allen Robinson. He is on a franchise tag contract right now and it seems like he is really far off an extension with the Bears. This has been a story surrounding the organization for over a year now and it doesn’t seem like it will get resolved any time soon.

Robinson is known as a top-20 NFL receiver. There have even been times in recent memory where he was a legit top-10 guy. That has also come with the fact that he has always had mediocre to bad players throwing him the ball. Blake Bortles, Mitchell Trubisky, Nick Foles, and Andy Dalton are the quarterbacks that he dealt with before Justin Fields came along.

The Chicago Bears need to get something for Allen Robinson if he won’t sign.

Speaking of Fields, letting a premier target like Robinson go in his first season might be tough but it could help him out in the future. The Bears wouldn’t be tied down to an aging receiver that may not want to be there and there are other weapons for Fields to use.

Robinson, despite some of his flaws, is a very good player. Matt Nagy has not done him any favors as his routes and usage have been horrible this year. In the game against the Cleveland Browns, Robinson’s routes on plays called by Nagy are means for firing the coach. As a result, Robinson isn’t on pace to have one of those elite seasons that we know he is capable of.

A team that is contending might want a guy like this. The Bears think that they are a playoff team but they are most certainly are not. By the trade deadline that follows week eight, there is a good chance that the Bears are 2-6 with four straight losses on the resume. If they are sellers as a result, expect Robinson to be on the list of players to go.

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