Should the Bears trade Allen Robinson?


If this is the final year of Allen Robinson’s Chicago tenure—and the prevailing sentiment is that it most certainly is—it’s not going too well.

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Fantasy football players who spent an early-round pick on Robinson have had it up to here with the 6’2” wideout, who has averaged an abysmal 38.2 yards over the length of his five-game touchdown drought. In addressing his recent struggles, Robinson has readily admitted to a lack of on-field chemistry with rookie Justin Fields (who circled the drain with five turnovers in Sunday’s demoralizing loss to Tampa Bay), acknowledging the two rarely shared a huddle in training camp. And while there’s probably some truth to that, pointing a finger at the Bears coaching staff for depriving Fields of the first-team reps he so desperately needed this summer (it seems everyone but Matt Nagy knew Andy Dalton wouldn’t last as the Bears’ QB1), doesn’t accomplish much now.

Dreadful as they’ve been, the 3-4 Bears still have more than half their season to go and perhaps a bye to recharge the batteries in Week 10 will do them some good. Still, Chicago’s path to a second straight postseason berth will be an uphill climb, flush with obstacles including daunting opponents in Green Bay, Baltimore and undefeated Arizona. With Chicago staring down the barrel of a lost season—and the looming threat of an offseason overhaul amid rumblings Nagy is coaching for his job—why are the Bears still clinging to Robinson?

The Bears wouldn’t exactly be selling high on Robinson, whose 16 yards Sunday were his fewest since a 15-yard dud against the Rams in 2019. But as a former Pro Bowler and three-time 1,000-yard receiver, Robinson would still command a strong market if the Bears made him available ahead of next week’s trade deadline. Flipping Robinson for a future asset, preferably a mid to early-round pick in next year’s NFL Draft, makes good business sense considering the 28-year-old is assuredly leaving as a free agent anyway.

Of course, others would see that as an admission of defeat, throwing in the towel on a season that, in many ways, is just beginning. Not that he’s making particularly good use of him now, but throwing Fields to the wolves by taking away his best receiver would further cripple an offense that already ranks among the league’s worst (dead-last in yards per game).

The rookie-wage scale (gone are the days when a player like Sam Bradford could pocket $70 million before even taking an NFL snap) has made it easier for teams to move on from underachieving first-round picks like Josh Rosen and Dwayne Haskins, putting Fields instantly under the microscope. But to fully evaluate Fields, shouldn’t he have his full complement of weapons?

The Bears are no doubt walking a tightrope, risking losing Robinson for nothing when he inevitably jumps ship in free agency. But does moving Robinson really make sense for a coach desperate to keep his job and a raw, unproven quarterback who needs as much help as he can get? With those scenarios in mind, Ryan Pace will have a lot to think about before Tuesday’s 4 PM ET deadline.

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