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National Football League free agency 2018: Allen Robinson headed to Bears, report says

Sammy Watkins National Football League free agency 2018: Allen Robinson headed to Bears, report says
Kristopher Love | 13 March, 2018, 15:43

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news. One source indicated last week the talk around the league was the Jaguars wanted to keep Robinson in Jacksonville.

The negotiating window opened at 11 a.m. Monday and although no agreements are binding and Robinson can not sign a contract until Wednesday afternoon, an agreement was reached in early morning hours Tuesday.

For his career, Robinson has 202 catches, 2,848 yards (a 14.1-yard average) and 22 touchdowns in 43 games.

Robinson was surprisingly overlooked for the franchise tag tender from his current team Jacksonville and multiple reports have now emerged suggesting he intends to sign for the Bears. The Bears were also in negotiations to sign Sammy Watkins.

Speaking on SiriusXM's Mad Dog Sports Radio on Monday, Robinson singled out the Chicago Bears as a potential fit. "I just have to narrow it down and pick the best one".

Robinson missed virtually all of last season after he suffered a torn ACL in the very first game of the year. That means he's unlikely to start training camp on the physically unable to perform list. He believes the Bears have to offer at least $15 million a year to bring Robinson to Chicago.

A return to his form in the 2015 season, when Robinson caught 80 passes for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns, would certainly help them achieve that ambition. While his catches didn't drop much the next year (73), the receivers yardage dropped to 883 and his touchdowns to six. After that, restricted free agents who earn tenders are only allowed to negotiate with the franchise they played for this past season. The Jaguars have ample salary cap space but will have key moves to make in the near future.

Contract details have yet to be announced but according to Spotrac Robinson's market value is estimated at almost $14M a year over five seasons. Terms of the agreement are not yet known.

Trubisky lacked a big, reliable target - or any target really - in his rookie season.

Both wide receiver Cameron Meredith and Josh Bellamy were given original round tenders at $1.907 million, per the Chicago Tribune.