Allen Robinson II: Why Joining the Rams Could Revive the Pro Bowl WR’s Career

The Los Angeles Rams went all-in for the NFL 2021 season, and it paid off in the form of a Super Bowl victory. General manager Les Snead and the front office don’t plan on letting up off the gas, either. In a surprise move, the Rams are adding Allen Robinson II to their already explosive offense.

Robinson’s 2021 campaign did not go as expected, thanks to a developing rookie quarterback and a poor offensive scheme. Now, the Pro Bowl wide receiver gets a fresh start with a team that has a winning culture.

Some people may have forgotten how good Robinson is, but joining LA presents an opportunity to remind them.

The Rams sign Allen Robinson II to 3-year, $45 million contract

Bears Allen Robinson II in action against the Rams
Allen Robinson II of the Chicago Bears runs the ball after a catch against the Los Angeles Rams | Harry How/Getty Images

The LA Rams finished with the NFL’s eighth-ranked offense in 2021, posting 372 yards and 27 points per game in the regular season. Now, they’re adding more talent to the unit.

According to NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero, the Rams and unrestricted free agent wide receiver Allen Robinson II have agreed to a three-year, $45 million contract. The deal reportedly includes $30 million guaranteed.

Robinson spent the past four seasons with the Chicago Bears after playing his first four with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Penn State product has recorded 495 receptions, 6,409 receiving yards, and 40 touchdowns across his eight seasons.

Robinson is coming off a down year, by his standards. However, he’ll be looking to get back on track in a more advantageous situation.

Why LA could be perfect bounce-back landing spot for the former Bears star

The 2021 season was rough for Allen Robinson II. He eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in two of his first three seasons in Chicago. Unfortunately, several factors led to a dramatic dip in production.

Robinson caught 38 passes for 410 yards and one touchdown on 66 targets. He missed five games, but he wasn’t overly productive when he was on the field. Head coach Matt Nagy’s mishandling of the quarterback situation certainly played a role in the Pro Bowl wideouts struggles. Justin Fields showed some promise when he finally got the keys, but scheme and poor offensive line play held the offense back.

The 28-year-old receiver grew frustrated with his role in the offense, especially since it was a contract year for him. Despite not putting up the usual numbers, the Rams believe in Robinson enough to give him a solid contract.

LA’s offense took a step forward with Matthew Stafford under center. Robinson has played with below-average quarterbacks throughout his career. Now, he’ll get to play with a reliable passer.

The wide receiver room seems crowded with Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, Van Jefferson, and possibly Odell Beckham Jr. However, Sean McVay finds ways to get his playmakers the football. Joining the Rams was a career-changing move for OBJ. It could be the same for Allen Robinson.

What’s next for the Rams?

The Allen Robinson II signing is a bit of a surprising move, especially given the financial situation and the depth at wide receiver. The Rams are currently $8.2 million over the salary cap.

According to Adam Schefter, LA expects to have money left to re-sign Odell Beckham Jr. if he chooses to return. The front office would undoubtedly need to restructure some contracts, though. The Rams have already reworked Leonard Floyd’s deal, and they could do something similar with Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods.

LA just lost out on retaining Von Miller, who signed a massive $120 million deal with the Buffalo Bills. Cornerback Darious Williams inked a contract with the Jaguars. By freeing up cap space, the front office could potentially go after their replacements.

While the Rams have plenty of talent still there, they must fill out their roster if they want to repeat in 2022.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference

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