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Bears WR Allen Robinson feels "frustrated" and disrespected"

9/15/2020 2:53:29 PM
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Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson reportedly feels "frustrated" and "disrespected" over the lack of progress in contract extension talks with the team according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

In what has become a classic negotiating move in the age of social media, Robinson deleted all Bears references from his Twitter account Tuesday afternoon but he has not yet requested a trade.  Bears GM Ryan Pace-one of the least successful general managers currently in the NFL-signed tight ends left and right during the offseason including a clearly diminished Jimmy Graham but seems to feel no urgency to take care of the best offensive weapon on the team in his contract year.  In another example of Pace's poor decision-making, he also traded for QB Nick Foles and took on Foles' massive salary rather than sign Cam Newton off the free agent market-ask Bill Belichick about that decision.  And Foles couldn't even beat out Mitchell Trubisky.

Robinson's teammates have taken up his cause, tweeting with the #ExtendAR hashtag on Twitter.  Originally a second-round pick out of Penn State by the Jaguars in 2014, the 27-year-old Robinson is in the prime of his career and managed to put 1,147 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 games in 2019 despite horrendous quarterback play from Trubisky.  By letting negotiations stall this offseason, the Bears needlessly offended the heart of their offense while paying lesser players.  Pace is left with very poor options-let an angry Robinson play out the 2020 season and franchise him next year, trade him this fall and leave his receiving corps without a No.1 option, or watch as he signs a lucrative contract with a contender and possible rival in 2021.  The top of the receiver market is now exceeding $20 million in average annual value after megadeals for DeAndre Hophins, Keenan Allen, and Amari Cooper this offseason and will only go higher while Pace waits.

Robinson is set to make $10.9 million in 2020-not exactly chump change but far below what the other top receivers in the NFL are paid.   The Bears do have a history of signing their players to extensions but they may have waited too long on this one.

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