(670 The Score) It has been well-documented that Bears top receiver Allen Robinson and the team have been at a standstill in contract extension negotiations since last September. On Thursday, we learned more details about the stalemate.
In a deeply reported story by Tyler Dunne of GoLongTD.com that published Thursday, Robinson and agent Brandon Parker opened up about what led the sides to this point. In the story, Dunne wrote that the Bears “did not seem remotely interested in re-signing Robinson” when Parker approached them in the 2020 offseason about a new contract. The Bears finally seriously engaged with Parker about Robinson’s future a week before the 2020 regular season started, but Parker and Robinson felt that process was rushed and that more meaningful negotiations should’ve been had in the prior eight months.
And in a telling comment, Robinson indicated the Bears only hurt themselves and their future by waiting.
“To our credit, we were much more willing to be able to get something done that’s much more reasonable for the team (in the past) and everything like that,” Robinson told Dunne. “Every week, I go out there as I’m talking to Brandon, I’m risking injury. I’m risking so much more for — not only my future financial gain — but my career as well.”
Robinson’s original three-year contract with the Bears is done, so he’s set to become a free agent – unless Chicago uses the franchise tag on him. That’s a designation that Robinson doesn’t want but also one he can’t control.
Robinson, 27, had a career-high 102 catches for 1,250 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games in 2020. Though there’s animosity about how previous negotiations played out with the organization, Robinson has continued to express his love for Bears fans and left open the possibility – ever so slightly – of finding common ground on a long-term extension with the franchise.
“My personal opinion, if something could possibly work? Yes,” Robinson told Dunne. “I’m not opposed to being back in Chicago by any means. I’ve even expressed that over the last couple of years — wanting to be the all-time leading receiver in Chicago which, I believe, I’m under 2,000 yards away from that. With all that being said, unfortunately we’ve come to what seems to be a fork in the road. But not even a fork. We haven’t even been given a viable option to be able to do those things that we want to do without sacrificing a ridiculous amount pretty much for the rest of my career.”