There was no ideal solution to the Bears' problems at wide receiver in free agency, but Robinson had the best pedigree of the group.
The Bears are set to sign former Jacksonville Jaguars wideout Allen Robinson once free agency begins on Wednesday, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Robinson's signing won't be official until Wednesday, but if he ends with the Bears he would immediately become the top receiver for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. The following year saw Robinson catch 73 passes for 883 yards and six scores.
With former Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy replacing John Fox as head coach and the signing of Robinson, the Bears will hope for a significant upturn in production from an offense that finished 30th in the National Football League last season.
Robinson, 24, is coming off a year in which he played one game for the jaguars, unfortunately tearing his ACL in Week 1 against the Houston Texans. Meredith is a restricted free agent. The lowest-level tender comes with original-round, draft-pick compensation; but since all three were undrafted rookies, the Bears would receive nothing if they leave.
But the guy who should've been the Bears' first priority is Sammy Watkins because he would've given the Bears something they don't have: A receiver with separation speed. Kendall Wright led Chicago with 59 receptions for 614 yards with one touchdown last season as their top two receivers, Kevin White and Cameron Meredith, both went down to season-ending injuries.
The deal is cheaper than most would've expected as Pierre Garcon and the 49ers agreed to a deal during this time period last year, giving him 5 years and $47.5 million with $23 million in guarantees. Now we wait to see if Robinson can play like it.