With Ryan Pace no longer in place as the Chicago Bears general manager and Matt Nagy no longer in place as the team’s head coach, Allen Robinson’s relationship with the team could be repaired.
For two consecutive off-seasons between 2019 and 2020, Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson was expected to receive a contract extension. Robinson was the focal point of the Bears’ offense despite inconsistent quarterback play from Mitchell Trubisky.
No contract extension between the Bears and Robinson ever materialized and the wide receiver played out the 2021 season on the Franchise Tag. What was even more telling about Robinson’s relationship with the Bears is that there weren’t any contract negotiations between his agent and former general manager Ryan Pace since the beginning of the 2020 season.
It was clear from an on-the-field perspective as well during the 2021 season that the Bears were phasing Robinson out of their plans. The 2021 season was the worst season of Robinson’s career from a production standpoint. While only appearing in 12 games last season, Robinson compiled only 410 yards and 1 touchdown on 38 receptions. While there were times that Robinson’s effort definitely was in question, it became clear that the wide receiver was no longer the focal point of the offense based on the play call of former head coach Matt Nagy.
If Robinson does leave via free agency, that leaves a large question mark at the wide receiver position for the Bears. With limited draft picks at their disposal and little cap space, it may be in the Bears’ best interest to repair the relationship with Robinson. With Nagy and Pace no longer a part of the organization. the work of repairing Robinson’s relationship with the team may already be done.