(670 The Score) Back in the beginning of this season, Allen Robinson was frustrated by the state of his contract talks with the Bears. He now seems to be resigned to whatever is next.
Playing in the final season of his initial three-year deal in Chicago, the 27-year-old Robinson has no assurances of another contract with the Bears. He's becoming more likely to reach free agency next offseason with each passing day without a new deal.
Robinson admitted Tuesday that he's not thinking about the contract standoff with the Bears anymore.
"After Week 2 or Week 3, I was putting that behind me," Robinson said. "It comes down to just playing. That’s the most important thing right now. It’s about playing, playing well and trying to help get this thing turned around.
"At the end of the day, I’m putting all that behind me. That’ll be talked about, whatever will come from that will come from that. That’s none of my concern right now. So whatever that road is, when we get there, we get there."
The Bears appear to be prepared to move on without Robinson. They haven't engaged in extension talks with him since early in the season, a source said.
General manager Ryan Pace and the front office reached a three-year extension with running back Tarik Cohen just before midnight on Sept. 20. While the deal for Cohen didn't prohibit the Bears from extending Robinson, the Bears' talks with Robinson broke down from there.
"I would definitely love to see my boy get extended," Cohen said of Robinson after signing his extension. "He means a lot to the team."
Robinson has 57 receptions for 712 yards and three touchdowns this season. He's on pace to post similar numbers to his 2019 season, when he had 98 catches for 1,147 yards and seven touchdowns. Robinson's production comes within a Bears offense that ranks 29th in the NFL in scoring and yardage.
The Bears have a couple options at their disposal for Robinson. They can tender the franchise tag, which locks him in at a price of $18 million, according to Brad Spielberger of Pro Football Focus. But that likely wouldn't sit well for Robinson.
The Bears could also use the transition tag, which was utilized in 2018 to lock in cornerback Kyle Fuller. It would allow Robinson's market value to be defined by another organization and let the Bears either match that price or move on.
As the Bears look ahead to next offseason, they could be preparing to allocate money to their weak offensive line, where guard Brandon Scherff and tackles Trent Williams and Russell Okung will be free agents.
Of course, losing Robinson would leave the Bears with a major void at receiver. Pace hoped Chicago would be set at that position after signing Robinson to a three-year, $42-million deal in March 2018. Robinson has outperformed that contract, re-emerging as a top receiver after suffering an ACL tear while with the Jaguars in 2017.
Now Robinson wants to be paid like one. Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper signing a five-year, $100-million deal set the market for Robinson. Chargers receiver Keenan Allen reaching a a four-year, $80-million extension only reinforced Robinson's desire to be paid $20 million annually.
There's still time for Robinson and the Bears to reach a deal, but a breakup is looking more likely.
Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.