Allen Robinson stated Wednesday that he expects to end the season with the Chicago Bears, but he declined to clarify whether he or his agent formally requested a trade.
“Yes, I would say that,” Robinson said on Zoom calls with Chicago media when asked if he expects to be with the Bears for the rest of 2020. “… I have spoken with [general manager] Ryan [Pace]I’ve talked to Coach [Matt] Nagy. As far as everything else, we are ready for it. “
Robinson continued: “I do not agree with that [trade] details, but as I said before, my heart and my spirit have never wavered as far as the city of Chicago and the game for this organization. Obviously, you dive into the game and there are various variables that go into it. But how I feel about my teammates, how I feel about this team, how I feel about this city and everything like that has never wavered. When you are in this business and in a situation like this, things come up. “
Sources told ESPN̵
Robinson’s agent, Brandon Parker, denied this report, telling ESPN’s Adam Schefter that neither he nor Robinson requested a trade, but Parker acknowledged that Robinson was upset that the bears would not pay him market value.
Nagy said Wednesday that he had a private conversation with Robinson about the contract.
“You know how we roll here, we talk about things, and so I had a good conversation with Allen, just excited about where we are,” Nagy said during a Zoom call. “He’s a leader, he’s a very important part of our team. As far as that goes [contract] part of it, it’s not my world. … But I think our players are all aware of the history we have here in terms of taking care of guys.
“And I think it was a really, really good conversation that Allen and I had. I think when you have situations like this, it’s only fair that both can talk. So hopefully you know, I think “He certainly feels good and he’s convinced that we want him to be here and that he wants to be here. So that’s really the ultimate goal of all this.”
Robinson, 27, will earn $ 13 million by 2020. He recently removed referrals to the Bears from his social media accounts, but several of Robinson’s teammates posted messages on Twitter urging the team to expand the popular wide receiver.
“We always support each other 100 percent all the way, so we’re always behind our teammates,” Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky said during a Zoom call. “But I think it’s really simple for us. It may seem like a distraction online or on Twitter or whatever it is, but we do not see it in the locker room. We do not see it in the field.
“Especially with Allen and many of the guys we have at the offense, you never have to worry about that kind of thing because we’re attacking practice, and everything’s a team-first mentality. Because I know these guys in that wardrobe, so it “The way he’s handled himself and the rest of the guys by the offense, it’s professional. They’re trying to get better. I think all the other things will take care of themselves.”
Robinson caught five passes on 74 yards on nine goals in Week 1. Last season, the Robinson led the Bears with 98 receptions for 1,147 yards and seven touchdowns, despite playing on one of the league’s worst offenses. Robinson spent four years in Jacksonville (2014 to 2017), where he received an invitation to the Pro Bowl after catching 80 passes for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2015.
Robinson suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 1 of 2017, his final year in Jacksonville, and was not entirely healthy for the Bears in 2018. Still, he recorded 55 receptions for 754 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games played.
“When we work on these offers, we know how important A-Rob is to us, not just as a player, but as a teammate,” Pace said on September 7.
Further Robinson’s frustration has been the result of contract extensions awarded to wide receivers over the past month, including the Arizona Cardinals’ DeAndre Hopkins, Los Angeles Chargers’ Keenan Allen and Los Angeles Rams’ Cooper Coup.
Hopkins’ new deal is worth the most in terms of average salary ($ 27.25 million) among NFL receivers. Atlanta’s Julio Jones ($ 22 million), Allen ($ 20.025 million) and Dallas’ Amari Cooper ($ 20 million) all have deals that will average at least $ 20 million over the course of their offerings.
Robinson’s expiring three-year contract with Chicago averages $ 14 million per year. Season, 15th in the league for wide receivers.