Allen Robinson Rumors: WR Signs $18M Bears Franchise Tag After Golladay Visit

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 19, 2021

Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson II (12) sets up to block during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. The Bears placed the franchise tag on star receiver Allen Robinson on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 setting up a potential messy situation with their most consistent playmaker on offense. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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Allen Robinson is signing his franchise tag with the Chicago Bears after all. 

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Robinson has accepted his franchise tag, which will lock him into an $18 million salary for 2021.

This move comes after Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk noted "Robinson is pivoting from not wanting to sign to seriously considering it" after one of the top wideouts on the market reportedly met with the team. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Bears general manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy met with wide receiver Kenny Golladay on Wednesday.

Part of the issue during Robinson's time with the Bears is the lackluster quarterback play.

It appeared as if that could change when the team was linked to Russell Wilson throughout the offseason, but Schefter reported the Seattle Seahawks said they would not move the star signal-caller. Schefter then reported the Bears signed Andy Dalton to a one-year contract.

While Dalton made three Pro Bowls and led the Cincinnati Bengals to the playoffs five times, he was just 2-11 as a starter in 2019 and 4-5 as a starter in 2020.

Wilson he is not, and it would be understandable if Robinson was frustrated with the possibility of playing another season with mediocre quarterback play after catching passes from Blake Bortles on the Jacksonville Jaguars and the combination of Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles in Chicago.

However, he would also have an easier time of things in 2021 if the Bears signed Golladay.

After all, the former Detroit Lions wide receiver topped the 1,000-yard mark in 2018 and 2019 while leading the league with 11 touchdown catches in 2019. He and Robinson would make a dynamic one-two punch, and opposing secondaries wouldn't be able to afford simply doubling one or the other on most passing downs.

That would mean more openings downfield for Robinson, although it would be up to Dalton to find him.