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Gabriel: Allen Robinson Provides Bears With Much-Needed Weapon

Quick off the snap and athletic, Robinson has a variety of tools.

Greg Gabriel
March 13, 2018 - 11:05 am

By Greg Gabriel--

(670 The Score) The Bears entered this free agency period with the hopes of landing one or two wide receivers to shore up one of the weakest areas on their squad. The Bears took a big step toward accomplishing that goal early Tuesday after reaching an agreement with Allen Robinson on a three-year deal worth up to $42 million.

The Bears had made free-agent receiver Sammy Watkins their top target at receiver, the Tribune's Brad Biggs reported Monday evening while adding Chicago was still interested in Robinson as well. The Bears had offers out to both Watkins and Robinson, sources said, and Robinson -- who spent his first four years with the Jaguars -- was the player who agreed to terms first. Hours after news broke that Robinson agreed to a deal with the Bears, Watkins followed with an agreement with the Chiefs, per reports.

Robinson is a legitimate No. 1 receiver, but he comes with risk. Robinson tore his ACL in the season opener last September and missed the rest of the 2017 season following surgery. His rehab is going well, and he could be ready to go for OTAs in May, per some initial reports.

Robinson is easily the most talented wide receiver the Bears have had in years. Coming out of Penn State four years ago, he measured 6-foot-2, 220 pounds a pedestrian 4.60-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. A month later at the Penn State pro day, he weighed in at 208, ran a 4.47 and had a 42-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-11 standing long jump. Those were all outstanding numbers, and with his top production at Penn State, he got drafted at the top of the second round by the Jaguars in 2014.

As a rookie, Robinson played in 10 games and had 48 receptions for 548 yards and two touchdowns. He followed that up with 80 receptions for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns in a big 2015 season. Robinson followed with 73 receptions for 883 yards and six touchdowns in a strong 2016 campaign before his injury in 2017.

Robinson has a variety of tools. He's quick off the ball and has the strength to fight through a jam. With his explosive athleticism, he's quick in and out of cuts and is consistently able to get separation on both short and long routes. He has excellent hands and snatches the ball consistently. After the catch, he shows strength, speed and elusiveness as a runner. Robinson is a threat on all type of throws and gives Bears second-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky a receiver who's one of the better talents at his position in the entire league.

Assuming the Bears re-sign Cam Meredith, who was tendered Monday, they will have two tall, fast and athletic players to man the two wide receiver positions. They are both excellent fits for what new new coach Matt Nagy wants to do on offense.

Now, the Bears need to find a quality slot receiver to pair with Robinson and Meredith. Whether that is last year’s leading receiver Kendall Wright (who's currently an unrestricted free agent), returnee Marcus Wheaton (who disappointed in 2017), another free agent or a 2018 draft choice remains to be seen. Regardless, the Bears receiving corps is already head and shoulders better than a year ago.

Greg Gabriel is a former NFL talent evaluator who's an on-air contributor for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @greggabe.