Sources say Chicago has started receiving calls with potential business interest for Robinson, which usually happens whenever there are rumors of discontent. And the Bears not only brushed off those calls, but told teams they weren’t trading their star receiver, sources say.
Instead, Tuesday’s drama led to a renewed effort to secure an extension for Robinson. Chicago increased the offer they had on the table, and the two sides ended up exchanging offers. Discussions resumed and the #ExtendAR movement gained momentum.
While nothing is imminent, there is now hope that an expansion will be made at some point. In fact, late last night, the Bears ticked another big item on the to-do list, blocking star running back and special team Tarik Cohen for a three-year contract.
Their only other urgent contract item is Robinson, who signed a 3-year, $ 42 million contract in 2018 and has since surpassed it. Since the two sides started talking, DeAndre Hopkins, Keenan Allen, Amari Cooper, and Cooper Kupp are receivers who have all received extensions. Perhaps the Los Angeles Chargers’ deal for Allen (four years, $ 80.1 million) presents the most contested benchmark.
Allen had 1,147 yards and 7 touchdowns last season and 74 receiving yards in a win last week. While the focus will be on the pitch today in their battle against the New York Giants, it is now clear that the hope on both sides is to make sure Robinson stays in Chicago.
“My heart and my mind have never wavered about the city of Chicago and playing for this organization,” Robinson said this week.
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