Bears' Allen Robinson Says He's Not Concerned About Contract Extension Rumors

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJune 4, 2020

Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson (12) celebrates against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. (AP Images/Rick Osentoski)
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Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson said Wednesday he's not concerned with the state of extension talks as he heads into the final season of his three-year, $42 million contract

Robinson, who'd become an unrestricted free agent next offseason if no deal is reached, discussed the situation on a conference call.

"If something gets done, something gets done," he told reporters. "But at the end of the day that's left up to the Bears and my agent. But for me personally, to be quite honest, I don't really concern myself with that too much. I'm just looking forward to this 2020 season. I'm definitely excited for it. I'm definitely ready to get going. Whatever happens, happens."

Robinson is coming off a terrific 2019 season. He recorded 98 catches for 1,147 yards and seven touchdowns despite Chicago's lackluster quarterback play from Mitchell Trubisky and Chase Daniel.

It was also an important bounce-back season from a health perspective. He made just one appearance in 2017 before suffering a torn ACL and missed three games in 2018 with groin and rib injuries. He played all 16 games in 2019.

In January, Robinson confirmed his desire to remain with the Bears.

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"I want to be in Chicago if they'll have me," he said. "The biggest thing is, I can't make that happen by myself. I just gotta control what I can control. I know that everything will probably play out fine."

Typically, the 26-year-old Penn State product would be in line for a lucrative long-term extensive, but the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic could play a role.

An NFL.com report Tuesday noted the COVID-19 situation, which could prevent fans from attending games during the 2020 season, could lead to a loss of revenue in the $4-5 billion range. In turn, the league and Players Association are discussing ways to avoid a massive drop in the 2021 salary cap.

Robinson also discussed that aspect of the situation Wednesday:

"You know I don't think necessarily that it will affect it. I'm not 100 percent sure and I mean, when I say affect it, I mean as far as guys salaries and stuff around the league. I don't—I've been listening to my sister, who actually works in baseball and seeing what baseball is going through with their contracts in this part of the season and I don't think that for us as a whole in the NFL will go through anything like that, just kind of where I think where I think our league is set to start."

When healthy, Robinson has played like a No. 1 receiver. His best season came in 2015 with the Jacksonville Jaguars when he tallied 80 receptions for 1,400 yards and 14 receiving scores, which was tied for the NFL lead.

He would be in high demand if he hits the open market next year, but the Bears will likely make every effort to re-sign him once the financial outlook becomes more clear.

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