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Emma: Production, Potential Make Allen Robinson Prime Fit For Bears

The Bears and Robinson reached an agreement on a three-year deal.

Chris Emma
March 13, 2018 - 6:30 pm

By Chris Emma--

(670 The Score) Never before have the Bears boasted a receiver with 14 touchdowns on a season, as Allen Robinson accomplished with the Jaguars in 2015.

But in signing Robinson to a three-year deal worth up to $42 million as they will do Wednesday, the Bears aren't paying for past production. No, they're betting on the potential for more seasons like that from a player who should have big things ahead.

Robinson is just 24 years old -- put another way, eight months older than projected first-round pick Calvin Ridley -- already a Pro Bowl player and considered among the game's top receivers. He reached free agency as the byproduct of aggressive spending in Jacksonville the last few offseasons and will arrive in Chicago as a night-and-day difference from what the Bears had last year at receiver.

As for that breakout campaign os his three years ago -- 80 receptions, 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns -- the Bears are hoping for something like that from Robinson because he's just now entering his prime. That's the beauty of adding Robinson, who has already set the benchmark high but still can keep striving for better. He's a proven player already and still has the youth with which more can be expected.

Bears general manager Ryan Pace is set to score big Wednesday, when deals become official at 3 p.m. CT. He has already accomplished one of the greatest tasks of this offseason, which was providing 23-year-old quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with weapons. By Tuesday afternoon, the Bears had already reached agreements with Robinson, slot target Taylor Gabriel and tight end Trey Burton.

New coach Matt Nagy has the kind of weapons with which he can bring the Bears success, similar to that with the Chiefs. He now has a speedy receiver in Gabriel to stretch the field and a tight end in Burton that who create mismatches. And you better believe he will be thrilled to draw up plays for Robinson.

Robinson is the kind of target whom Trubisky could only watch on TV his rookie season, a 6-foot-3 player with the ability to go up and get it. Assuming he can bounce back this offseason from the torn ACL suffered in the 2017 season opener, the Bears got a steal in value.

Robinson will help make Trubisky a better quarterback his second season, while Trubisky will make Robinson a better receiver than he ever was with Blake Bortles. It's a match that bodes well for the Bears as they build around their young franchise arm.

While the financial incentives ultimately do the most talking, the presence of Trubisky and Nagy with the Bears can't be understated after scoring big in free agency. Robinson was going to get more offers in the coming days but wasted no time in agreeing to join the Bears. There's a much greater appeal to joining this franchise now, something that has been missing in recent years.

The league new year will indeed be happy for the Bears, who are a much better team now than they were before.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.