When the Chicago Bears used their 2021 franchise tag on broad receiver Allen Robinson, the transfer did not essentially necessitate the veteran’s return as a lot as a contentious offseason, what with the 2 sides failing for months to strike a long-term extension. ESPN’s report Thursday that Robinson was in “no rush” to signal the one-year tag appeared to solidify that. Besides now, hours later, in keeping with NFL Community, the wideout has completed simply that, embracing a 2021 return within the wake of the crew reportedly internet hosting fellow receiver Kenny Golladay on a free agent go to.
Golladay, the previous Lions Professional Bowler and arguably the highest wideout left on the open market, was not anticipated to attract curiosity from the Bears, who’re reportedly up towards the Bengals and Giants, amongst others, to land the cross catcher. After he paid Chicago a go to, ProFootballTalk reported that Robinson had “instantly … adjusted his place relating to the franchise tag” and “(pivoted) from not desirous to signal to significantly contemplating it.”
It is doable Robinson was intrigued by the concept of taking part in reverse Golladay, however Florio speculated he merely realized the $17.9 million tag was his finest alternative at elite earnings in 2021.
Though it is unlikely, for instance, it is doable the Bears may’ve opted to signal Golladay and rescind the tag, leaving Robinson to seek out one other deal in a market that is confirmed quieter than anticipated for the highest cross catchers so far. Now that Robinson has signed the tag, in the meantime, he has assured himself the $17.9 million for 2021 and can get one other likelihood at hitting free company in 2022.
Both method, the Bears do not seem any nearer to truly extending Robinson, who may’ve garnered the largest deal of any free agent wideout had he really been unsigned.