Bears to sign WR Allen Robinson

Market for Sammy Watkins not expected to be strong

Dominique Blanton of Da Windy City said that the Bears should make a strong push to acquire Robinson in free agency.

Jacksonville Jaguars free-agent wide receiver Allen Robinson intends to sign with the Chicago Bears when free agency officially opens on Wednesday, according to multiple reports. Robinson told the Florida Times-Union that he'll be ready well ahead of training camp, which is good when considering he'll need as many reps as possible with his new quarterback Mitchell Trubiski.

He saw the same number of targets (151) the next year, but saw his overall numbers decline (73 catches, 883 yards, and six touchdowns).

The Bears are ready to take a chance on Allen Robinson. But he enjoyed a breakout season the next year when he led the Bears with 66 catches and 888 receiving yards and tied for the team lead with four touchdown receptions.

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Robinson, 24, is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, which sidelined him for all but three plays of the 2017 season.

Robinson will walk into an immediate No. 1 role with the Bears, who are now project to start Robinson and Kevin White on the perimeter, with Cameron Meredith in the slot. He pointed out that Robinson is still one of the top wide receivers in the league because he can keep the defense guessing. After that, restricted free agents who earn tenders are only allowed to negotiate with the franchise they played for this past season. The Bears also are interested in receiver Albert Wilson.

But the guy who should've been the Bears' first priority is Sammy Watkins because he would've given the Bears something they don't have: A receiver with separation speed.

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