Bears Rumors: Allen Robinson Not Expected to Receive New Contract Before Tag Deadline

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJuly 13, 2021

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 27: Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Allen Robinson (12) reacts after a play during the game between the Chicago Bears and the Jacksonville Jaguars on December 27, 2020 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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It appears as though Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson is down to two options: Play the 2021 season under the $17.8 million franchise tag or hold out. 

According to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Bears and Robinson "are not expected to reach a long-term extension."

On Sunday, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler predicted during an appearance on SportsCenter that Robinson would play out this season on the tag (h/t Alex Seats of 247Sports.com):

“Talks have been pretty slow. There’s a decent chance he plays this year out on the tag, They’re going to leave the door open for talks in the final days and hours and sort of hope for the best, but there simply has not been much momentum. I’m told Robinson is ready to try to put up big numbers this year and try to smash free agency in 2022. He’s only 27 years old going on a third contract.”

Robinson had a fantastic 2020 season for the Bears, catching 102 passes for 1,250 yards and six touchdowns. It was his second straight season with at least 95 receptions and 1,100 receiving yards. 

It's a bit confusing why Chicago, with a young rookie quarterback in Justin Fields, wouldn't want to lock up a productive receiver like Robinson for the long term. Barring Robinson wanting to be paid like a top-five talent at the position, it seems a misstep by the Bears. 

Jacob Infante @jacobinfante24

Can't say I'm surprised that the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bears?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Bears</a> aren't expected to sign Allen Robinson before the franchise tag deadline.<br><br>There's been a huge disconnect between both sides from the beginning. Chicago isn't willing to pay ARob what he believes he's worth, which is rough, IMO.

Jeremy Layton @JeremyLayt0n

I don't understand why the Bears aren't backing up the truck for Allen Robinson. A lot of money comes off the books in 2022... they'll have a QB on a rookie contract... who needs weapons... this is as close to a no-brainer as it gets and they are still dragging their feet

The Bears aren't exactly brimming with playmakers for either Fields or Andy Dalton, depending on who emerges as the starter. Losing Robinson as a free agent next offseason—it's hard to imagine the Bears would tag him a second straight time, given how much the tag increases on a second usage—would leave them further devoid of difference-makers.