Ryan Pace: Allen Robinson 'Important' To Bears

The Bears don't view this week as a deadline to sign Robinson to an extension, Pace said.
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(670 The Score) Bears general manager Ryan Pace on Monday declined to discuss where the team stands on a possible contract extension with top receiver Allen Robinson.

What Pace did acknowledge was the Bears don't view this week as a deadline to reach a deal with Robinson.

"We know how important A-Rob is to us, not just as a player but as a teammate," Pace said.

In Pace's tenure, the Bears have reached contract extensions with a number of key players just ahead of the start of the regular season. Under his watch, the Bears have never signed a player to a long-term contract extension during the regular season.

In January, the Bears reached a long-term deal with safety Eddie Jackson just days after the regular season ended. However, Jackson still had one more year remaining on his rookie contract.

Robinson, 27, is in the final season of a three-year contract that he signed in March 2018. Robinson hauled in 98 receptions for 1,147 yards and seven touchdowns in 2019.

Robinson isn't focused on his contract situation, he said last week.

"That's pretty much out of my control," Robinson said when asked about a possible contract extension.

"My main focus is on (the regular-season opener in) Detroit and this year, and I truly mean that."

Though the NFL faces uncertainties on the business side amid the coronavirus pandemic, Pace reiterated that the Bears aren't handcuffed by the salary cap in 2021 being potentially reduced from projections.

The NFL is projecting a salary cap floor of $175 million.

"There are some curveballs, but we’re confident we’ll work through it," Pace said. "That’s not going to permit us from doing the things that we want to do."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.