Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Agent WR Allen Robinson talks potential fit with Bears, 49ers

Agent WR Allen Robinson talks potential fit with Bears, 49ers

The Chicago Tribune reported late Monday evening that the Bears - seeking a major upgrade at the position - considered Sammy Watkins of the Los Angeles Rams to be the top available wideout in free agency, but they've been rumored to have interest in Robinson for weeks.

Well, he officially will on Wednesday.

Wide receiver Allen Robinson will sign a three-year, $42 million deal with the Bears barring any last-minute issues before National Football League free agency opens Wednesday afternoon, he told ESPN late Monday night.

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports that Robinson is set to sign a three-year, $42 million contract with the Bears. Last offseason Pace tried to fill Jeffery's absence by signing Markus Wheaton, Kendall Wright and Victor Cruz in free agency to complement Cameron Meredith and Kevin White. Needless to say, Robinson is one of the safest wide receivers you can draft from a floor standpoint. However, he proved rather quickly two years ago that he is a legitimate starting wideout (66 catches, 888 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games).

Robinson is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, which sidelined him for all but three plays of the 2017 season.

The Bears are expected to retain the top three of their five restricted free agents by tendering each at $1.907 million, the right-of-first-refusal level, but there is some risk. The Bears also are interested in receiver Albert Wilson. His per-catch average also dropped by 5.4 yards from 2015 to 2016. The bar certainly isn't too high for Robinson, and it's not like he's coming to a franchise known for its receivers - his 2015 numbers would have ranked first in Bears history in touchdowns and tied for third in yards.

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