Star receiver Allen Robinson said he expects to stay with the Chicago Bears for the rest of the season, though he would not say if he requested a trade.
Robinson is in the final season of his $ 42 million three-year contract and is seeking an extension. He deleted references to the Bears from his social media accounts Tuesday, and the Chicago Tribune reported that he asked to be traded if they could not accept a new deal.
” I will not go into that detail, ” Robinson said Wednesday. ” 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. ”
Robinson spoke with general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy. And Nagy described his conversation with his recipient as productive.
” You know how we roll here, ” Nagy said. ” We talk about things, and then I had a good conversation with Allen. I’m just excited about where we are. He is a leader, he is a very important part of our team. As far as the other part of it, it’s not my world. It’s both sides to tackle it, but I think our players are all aware of the history we have here in terms of taking care of guys (with extensions). ”
The 27-year-old Robinson has established himself as one of the Bears’ most productive and respected players since leaving Jacksonville to sign with Chicago before the 2018 season. He is coming off one of his best seasons since the Jaguars pulled him in the second round in 2016.
Robinson had a career-best 98 receptions and sent his second-highest totals in yards (1,147) and touchdown catches (seven) despite playing on one of the NFL’s worst offenses.
In addition to being a major contributor on the field, Robinson is also active away from it. All of that seems to make Robinson a logical candidate for an extension. But he insisted his focus is on this week’s home opener against the New York Giants – not negotiations.
” I want to put all that behind me and again, keep looking forward, ” he said.
Robinson has seen other receivers like Arizona’s DeAndre Hopkins and Los Angeles Chargers’ Keenan Allen get new offers recently.
He seemed to signal his intention to leave on Tuesday when he deleted references to the Bears on Twitter and Instagram. He said he ” took some emotion ” and he’s a ” passionate person. ”
” I think everyone knows how passionate I am about the game, ” Robinson said. ” The passion I’ve had for the city of Chicago. And the passion I’ve had for the city of Chicago and putting on this Bears uniform and all that. ”
Several teammates expressed their support for him on social media, and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky made his feelings clear on Wednesday.
” It’s my guy, ” Trubisky said. ” I know there’s a lot of talk about his contract and all that. And hopefully they take care of him. Because I and the rest of the guys on the team want him around. It’s very obvious. We all love A-Rob and we know what he brings to this team. And they’ll just get it done. ”
REMARKS: LB Robert Quinn (ankle) returned to practice on a limited basis after missing the opener. … LB Khalil Mack (knee) was limited.
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