Allen Robinson: 'My Heart Has Never Wavered' About Playing For Bears

Robinson downplayed the notion that he requested a trade from the Bears.

(670 The Score) Bears coach Matt Nagy had a conversation with top receiver Allen Robinson on Wednesday morning as they cleared the air on Robinson's concerns with his contract situation in Chicago.

Robinson scrubbed his social media of photos relating to the Bears, and teammates took to Twitter on Tuesday to voice their support for the team to extend Robinson's contract.

The 27-year-old Robinson is in the final season of a three-year, $42-million deal that he signed with the Bears in March 2018. The Bears have often signed key players to long-term extensions in training camp or just before the regular-season opener, but that didn't happen with Robinson, who had 98 receptions for 1,147 yards and seven touchdowns in 2019.

Robinson suggested a Chicago Tribune report that he requested a trade was false. Robinson's agent denied that a trade was requested but did acknowledge he's unhappy about his contract situation, NFL Media reported.

"My heart and spirit has never wavered as far as the city of Chicago and playing for this organization," Robinson said when asked about a trade request.

Robinson declined to discuss the specifics of his contract negotiations with the Bears or details of his conversation with Nagy.

From his perspective, Nagy felt the conversation allowed Robinson and the Bears to reach a common ground. He reminded Robinson of the team's recent history securing players to contract extensions.

"He definitely feels good," Nagy said. "He's confident that we want him to be here and he wants to be here. That's ultimately the goal."

Robinson admitted he "didn't know what would come" from scrubbing his social media of Bears images. After Robinson removed Bears photos from his social media accounts, running back Tarik Cohen tweeted "#ExtendAR." Receiver Anthony Miller also tweeted a GIF with a Brinks truck, adding "#ExtendARob." Nagy felt the posts from Robinson's teammates showcased the Bears' culture of supporting each other.

Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky wasn't among the players tweeting about Robinson -- Trubisky shuts off his social media during the season -- but offered his support for a contract extension.

"I know there's a lot of talk about his contract," Trubisky said. "Hopefully (the Bears) take care of him."

In recent years, the Bears signed offensive lineman Cody Whitehair, defensive lineman Akiem Hicks, offensive lineman Charles Leno Jr. and several others to contract extensions ahead of the regular season. Bears general manager Ryan Pace prefers to conduct business away from the season but said recently that he didn't view any date as a deadline in negotiations with Robinson.

The Bears also don't envision their football business being affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Pace said. Though the salary cap in 2021 is set to drop from projected totals, Pace said the Bears are anticipating the "floor" being $175 million.

After meeting with Nagy, Robinson believes he can move forward from the contract concerns and help the Bears this season.

"We do put our bodies on the line each and every week," Robinson said. "But at the end of the day, playing Sunday, I can compartmentalize -- it’s just about getting better each and every week as we get later and later into the season.

"I know it's not going to be a distraction for me."


Injury report: Bears pass rusher Robert Quinn (ankle) will be a limited participant in practice this week, Nagy said.

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