Bears Hopeful To Sign Allen Robinson To An Extension

"He's a guy we'd like to have a Bear for a long time," Ryan Pace says.

Chris Emma
February 26, 2020 - 2:57 pm

INDIANAPOLIS (670 The Score) -- When the Bears signed receiver Allen Robinson two years ago, they were confident he would re-emerge as one of the best at his position.

Robinson proved to be just that in a productive 2019 season that included a career-best 98 receptions for 1,147 yards and seven touchdowns. With one season remaining on Robinson's original three-year contract in Chicago, it's now time for the Bears to start considering an extension for him.

"It's obviously something we've talked about," Bears general manager Ryan Pace said at the NFL Combine on Tuesday. "He's a good player and does a lot for our team on and off the field. He's a guy we'd like to have a Bear for a long time."

Robinson signed with the Bears on a three-year deal worth $42 million in March of 2018, this after suffering a torn ACL that previous September in the 2017 regular-season opener with the Jaguars. He was medically cleared in July of 2018 but from there faced the process of regaining his top form. Robinson posted 55 receptions for 754 yards and four touchdowns in 2018.

The Bears opened their offseason by giving a lucrative extension to Pro Bowl safety Eddie Jackson, making him the highest-paid player at his position. With Jackson secured, Robinson awaits as the next important extension candidate for the Bears.

Robinson's asking price could be in the neighborhood of the five-year, $81-million deal that DeAndre Hopkins received from the Texans in 2017, according to a source.

The Bears have often awarded long-term extensions in training camp and the preseason, choosing not to conduct business amid the regular season. The start of the regular season could represent a deadline of sorts for the Bears and Robinson to reach a deal.

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