Bears general manage Ryan Pace

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Bernstein: Ryan Pace, Bears Embracing Risk, Reward

The Bears are expected to sign Allen Robinson, who's coming off a torn ACL.

Dan Bernstein
March 13, 2018 - 9:23 am

By Dan Bernstein-- senior columnist

(670 The Score) Bears general manager Ryan Pace has always described NFL free agency as a minefield, using terms like "risky" and "dangerous" and urging caution amid the market for players who other teams don't want for reasons only they truly know.

Nobody should understand this more than the individual who walked into the store and bought Mike Glennon, Antrel Rolle, Markus Wheaton, Alan Ball, Marcus Cooper, Quintin Demps, Jimmy Clausen, Connor Barth, Mason Foster and Dion Sims.  ​

Pace speaks from experience, most recently telling reporters at the NFL Combine that, "Just because you have cap space doesn't mean you can be reckless with these decisions."

But considering that he only has half a roster constructed, it's clear that all of that care and deliberation would also mean some spending, which brings us to the overnight news that wide receiver Allen Robinson is expected to sign Wednesday for three years and $42 million, with $25 million guaranteed.  

The agreement marks a significant commitment to a 24-year-old player recovering from a torn ACL suffered in last season's opener. Robinson has been highly productive when healthy, racking up 20 touchdowns on 153 catches for 2,283 yards across 2015 and 2016. Still, the Jaguars chose to let him reach the open market without using the franchise or transition tag.

Pace is betting on three wideouts coming back from serious injury, now, with Robinson joining Cameron Meredith after his own ACL rehab and whatever remains of Kevin White.

For someone who preaches care and deliberation in free agency based largely on his own experience, Pace isn't shy about rolling the dice.

Dan Bernstein is a co-host of 670 The Score’s “Bernstein and Goff Show” in afternoon drive. You can follow him on Twitter @dan_bernstein.