Allen Robinson on Future with Bears: 'Everything Is on the Table'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 11, 2021

Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson (12) in action against the Green Bay Packers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)
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Wide receiver Allen Robinson, who will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, didn't exactly pledge his future to the Chicago Bears on Monday when asked about the possibility of playing elsewhere next season.

"Right now, everything is on the table," he told reporters

"I personally feel like we had an opportunity to get something done over the past 365 days," he added.

As for the possibility of the Bears using the franchise tag this offseason, Robinson responded: "I think everybody knows a little bit on how I feel about that, but I'm not really going to get into that right now."

The 27-year-old wideout was Chicago's best offensive player in 2020, catching 102 passes for 1,250 yards and six touchdowns. It was his second straight season with at least 95 receptions, 1,100 receiving yards and six scores.

That he continues to post excellent numbers with Chicago's mediocre quarterback play—neither Mitchell Trubisky or Nick Foles appear to be Canton-bound, to say the least—is a testament to Robinson's ability. He faced a similar situation during his first four NFL seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, largely catching passes from Blake Bortles. 

Brad Evans @NoisyHuevos

Allen Robinson has never played alongside a plus passer. Going back to his college days he's caught wobblers from the likes of Matt McGloin, Christian Hackenberg, Blake Bortles, Chad Henne, Nick Foles and Mitch Trubisky. CHI screwed this up. Can't blame him for bolting. https://t.co/8z6vakBjyb

Matt Miller @nfldraftscout

The market for Allen Robinson will be HOT. He's just 27 years old and one of the best WRs in the game. https://t.co/nzfoKrP9rl

Field Yates @FieldYates

Bears offseason outlook: ▫️Picking 20th overall (first first round pick since 2018) ▫️Notable free agents include: WR Allen Robinson, QB Mitch Trubisky, KR/RB Cordarrelle Patterson ▫️~$181M in cap commitments for 2021 ▫️Major question: what’s the plan at quarterback?

If he hits free agency he'll be one of the top players available on the market, and his loss would be a major blow for a Bears offense otherwise devoid of offensive playmakers. Given the team's current financial commitments and the need to address the quarterback position, Robinson's time in Chicago appears to be numbered.