Early this morning news broke stating the Chicago Bears are signing Allen Robinson to a 3 year deal worth $42 million in total money. The Bears now have a legitimate number one receiver heading into the 2018 season. There is a risk considering Robinson is coming off a torn ACL which resulted in him hauling in just one reception in the 2018 season.
Robinson’s production from 2015 and 2016 is what the Bears need to help their young quarterback, Mitch Trubisky. Before the 2017 season, Robinson put together a total of 201 receptions for 2,831 yards. Robinson is a great route runner and can make acrobatic catches. Something Bears fans have not seen much of since Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall were paired together.
The Bears also signed Tyler Gabriel to play in the slot with Robinson. Gabriel was a productive receiver for the Falcons, but nothing special. The Bears still needed a slot receiver with the exit of Kendall Wright. Gabriel will play a bigger role for the Bears and the new offense may feature Tarik Cohen lined up in the slot more this season.
The Bears then signed Trey Burton who will fill into the Zach Miller role which has been void since Miller’s catastrophic leg injury. This signing is more of a projection signing similar to the Martellus Bennett signing in 2012. The Bears could have overpaid for Burton here (4 years $32 million), but he did have a lot of suitors and the Eagles already have Zach Ertz and Brent Celek. Time will tell if this one pans out for Ryan Pace. The plan should be to continue to develop Adam Shaheen along with Burton. Dion Simms could be on the chopping block. Simms is owed $6 million if he is not released this week.
Additionally, the Bears tenured Cameron Meredith who missed the entire 2017 season, but had 66 receptions for over 800 yards in the 2016 season. After having one of the worse receiving cores in the NFL during 2017, the combination of Robinson, Gabriel, and Meredith does not appear to be such a bad look. Anything out of Kevin White in 2017 will be a bonus after an injury plagued career thus far.
The Bears still need to figure out what they are doing at cornerback and pass rusher. The offensive line could use some retooling as well. The signings noted above allow the Bears to have more flexibility during the draft. The Bears are finally going into a season with a franchise quarterback and a number one wide receiver. At least that is what Bears fans are hoping.