In case the Bears forgot all that comes with a No. 1 wide receiver, Allen Robinson tweeted a picture of himself wearing a smug expression and a No. 15 Bulls jersey that paid homage to himself more than Ryan Arcidiacono or Ron Artest.Robinson asked: “What’s good Chicago!!!?”Ryan Pace’s mood is my guess.Robinson, who wore No. 15 with the Jaguars, brightened Pace’s mood considerably by agreeing with the Bears in principle to a three-year, $42 million contract that can be made official at 3 p.m. Wednesday when the new league year begins. Given a second chance to make a first impression as the Bears general manager, Pace started strong by addressing his team’s biggest need on the first day of NFL free agency.The addition of Robinson, an explosive Pro Bowl receiver coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, allows Pace to replace Alshon Jeffery a year after losing him for nothing to the Eagles — but better late than never. … [Read more...] about Bears GM Ryan Pace makes strong move landing Allen Robinson
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By investing $42 million over three years in wide receiver Allen Robinson, Bears general manager Ryan Pace is hoping to do much more than upgrade a passing attack that produced the fewest yards in the league in 2017.Robinson’s signing not only sends a message that the Bears are serious about escaping the NFC North cellar, where they’ve resided for the past four years, it benefits the organization on several fronts, including:Mitch Trubisky. The Bears believe the second overall pick in last year’s draft is the horse they can hitch their wagon to in a rebuilding project that has failed to gain much traction. Trubisky was 28th last year with a 77.5 passer rating in large part because he never had a go-to guy at wide receiver. The closest thing to a WR1 in 2017 was Kendall Wright, who averaged just 10.1 yards on 59 catches and reached the end zone once. After he was acquired at midseason, Dontrelle Inman occasionally emerged, but both he and Wright are unrestricted … [Read more...] about 5 biggest beneficiaries of WR Allen Robinson signing with Chicago Bears
Top free agent wide receiver Allen Robinson reportedly has reached an agreement with the Bears and is expected to sign with the team Wednesday. Here are several things to know about the Detroit native and former Jacksonville Jaguar.What’s in a number?Robinson’s jersey number has been 15 — it’s what had made “AR15” work as a marketable nickname. “Thee_AR15” is his Twitter handle. It will be interesting to see whether Robinson pursues the number in Chicago. Josh Bellamy currently has it, but it would be uncommon for Robinson to buy him out, and Bellamy previously wore No. 11, which is still open.The larger question is whether Robinson would disassociate himself from “AR15.” The AR-15 rifle has become a subject of controversy since it was used in the fatal mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., last month. Robinson hasn’t publicly commented about the the shooting or its ties to his … [Read more...] about Allen Robinson: 10 things to know about the soon-to-be Bears receiver
Allen Robinson is the cream of the crop when it comes to free-agent wide receivers, so many teams and their fans will be eagerly awaiting his decision this week as negotiating begins.That includes Bears fans, who are craving a new cast of talented receivers, and Robinson addressed Chicago as a potential destination Monday when he was a guest on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio with host Adam Schein.When asked about playing in Chicago, Robinson said he has heard people say the Bears are interested in him.“For me, it’s a lot of teams out there who not only have interest in me, but who I have interest in,” Robinson said. “It comes down to some other variables as far as kind of narrowing that down. But from what I’ve heard about Chicago, it’s an amazing city and football town.”But Robinson also said he wouldn’t rule out a multiyear deal to return to the Jaguars and also had good things to say about the 49ers. He said San Francisco would … [Read more...] about Free-agent WR Allen Robinson talks potential fit with Bears, 49ers
The Tribune’s Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly.I’m a little wary of the GM always seeming to get excited about guys with “potential” and “special athletic ability.” I realize you have to have superior athletes, but why doesn’t he concentrate on pure football players to reboot the roster? Rather than always taking a flier, I’d like to see him concentrate on guys who simply make plays. Blockers. Guys who can run a route and catch a ball. Tackling machines. Your thoughts? — Ken F., Parts UnknownIt sounds like you’re referencing the selections of wide receiver Kevin White in the first round in 2015 and outside linebacker Leonard Floyd in the first round in 2016. It certainly has been difficult to evaluate White because he simply has not been able to stay on the field, missing 43 of 48 games over the last three seasons. Floyd was better this past season, and his athletic ability makes him the player offenses probably … [Read more...] about Bears Q&A: What now with Kyle Fuller tagged? Chances of signing Allen Robinson? What about Tremaine Edmunds?