Allen Robinson’s recent social media behavior raises some questions in Chicago.
Heading into this season, Robinson was entering his final season of a three-year, $42 million contract that he signed with the Bears back in 2018. Since then, he has caught 158 passes for 1,975 yards and 11 touchdowns. Robinson also holds the Bears record for receptions in a playoff game with 10 and most receiving yards in a playoff game with 143.
In an interview with NBC Sports Chicago earlier this year, Robinson expressed his desire to remain with the Bears organization.
From the day that I signed here, I said I wanted to retire a Bear. So everyone knows where I stand on that. At the end of the day, I definitely think that’s something that has a possibility of getting done, but at the end of the day, it’s a business. There’s a lot that goes into it. We’ll see.
According to Pro Football Talk’s Charlean Williams, general manager Ryan Pace told Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times that he did not see a deadline for a deal , but noted that the pandemic’s effect on the salary cap may be a reason as to why the deal has yet to be done.
“There’s some curveballs [about the cap for 2021 amid the pandemic], but we’re confident we’ll work through it,” Pace said. “That’s not going to permit us from doing the things that we want to do.”
This is not the first time in history however, that a Bears wide receiver has felt unappreciated by the franchise.
In 2008, former Bears wide receiver Mushin Muhammad said in an interview with Sports Illustrated that Chicago “was where receivers go to die“. Muhammad had a relatively productive career in Chicago and scored the only Bears offensive touchdown in Super Bowl XLI, a 29-17 loss to Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.
The Bears are coming off a comeback win against the Detroit Lions and are set to take on the 0-1 New York Giants in Week 2 at Soldier Field.