Buried in today’s disastrous press conference, Bears’ GM Ryan Pace spoke briefly about where things stand with Allen Robinson. The wide receiver’s contract is set to expire when the league year ends, and talks about an extension have, you remember, not gone smoothly. Speaking to the media about his contract situation under the Bears ‘locker room, he not only cleared’ Robinson ‘the fifth’ when asked about potentially having the franchise mark on him, but he was honest about his disappointment at not getting anything done yet .
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The assumption had been that the two sides had not spoken much since the start of the season, especially when Robinson said he turned his attention to the regular season. When asked where conversations stood, Pace told a slightly different story.
“That’s all we have to work through and I’m thinking of the list of things we need to talk about this offseason, of course it’s a big decision and a big part of it,” he said on Wednesday. “You know how we feel about Allen, how respected he is in the building. But to get closer to his contract, you also know that I do not get into it. As for the franchise brand, I would just say everything is “The league gives us tools for a reason, but right now we just have to keep all these conversations internal out of respect for Allen, out of respect for his agent. I just think they’re best handled in a private way.”
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What does it mean? Nothing! Is there anything to be extracted from Pace’s answer? Probably not! I do not mean to kick you all out while you are down, but it certainly does not sound like Allen Robinson’s future is in Chicago. But the culture remains strong as always!