NFL Free Agency: 6 Best Destinations for Bears Star WR Allen Robinson

Allen Robinson spent his first season with the Chicago Bears serving as a reliable veteran receiver that won the NFC North in 2018. Nearly four years later, he’ll potentially depart the Windy City following his worst season as a professional athlete.

Robinson, who turns 29 in August, only hauled in 38 catches for 410 yards and a touchdown in 12 games for the dismal Bears last year. Nonetheless, he should be a popular name on the free-agent market, and now feels like the best time to rank the teams that could pursue his services.

For this list, we ranked the best potential teams based on everything from the current roster and cap space to whatever else might appeal to the player in question. In Robinson’s case, possible attractive factors include money, the team’s playoff chances, and a proven starting quarterback.

Based on consideration of the aforementioned prerequisites, the best teams for Robinson rank as follows.

6. Chicago Bears

As of publication, Robinson hadn’t officially said he doesn’t intend to return to the Bears. The 2015 Pro Bowl selection’s recent tweet referencing his diminished receptions and targets understandably raised questions about his long-term future in Chicago. With that said, it sounds like Robinson’s issues are with former head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace, each of whom was fired in January.

However, money talks, and the Bears’ new regime might find a way to convince Robinson to run it back and give young quarterback Justin Fields another chance. Even if the veteran receiver returns to Chicago, the Bears will likely still need to overcome Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers next year.

5. Miami Dolphins

New Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel sounds like a man who intends to stick with embattled young quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and build around him. According to Spotrac, the Dolphins are projected to lead all teams with over $62 million in cap space this offseason, and they’re in desperate need of a reliable outside receiver.

Although Robinson checks all the boxes for the Dolphins, one must ask if the long-suffering organization meers every need the veteran receiver could have upon entering free agency. There are still too many questions about Tagovailoa’s future in Miami and his potential to succeed in the NFL. Robinson went through enough quarterback questions during his four years in Chicago, and the experience might not be worth repeating again.

However, don’t be surprised if Robinson winds up in Miami if the Dolphins provide the money and commit to upgrading Tagovailoa’s offensive line.

4. Indianapolis Colts

The good news is that the Colts have a projected $37.1 million cap space and an offensive-minded head coach in Frank Reich. However, the two-time Super Bowl champions are reportedly interested in parting ways with veteran quarterback Carson Wentz, who played well last season before collapsing in the final two weeks.

The quarterback uncertainty could work in Robinson’s favor, at least from a financial standpoint. If the Penn State product plays his cards right, he could sign with the Colts and become the No. 1 target for either an inexperienced young quarterback or a veteran — Jameis Winston, perhaps? — desperately trying to become the Colts’ long-term starter.

3. New York Jets

Although the Dolphins and Colts are better positioned to reach the playoffs next season, the Jets have two things working in their favor. First, the organization appears genuinely committed to Zach Wilson, the second overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. There are no lingering questions involving potential trades featuring Deshaun Watson or Russell Wilson in East Rutherford, New Jersey, at this time.

It also helps that the Jets have a projected $44 million in cap space and appear unafraid to spend. Although Robinson would wind up playing most of his season in one of the league’s worst stadiums, he’d at least cash in from a team desperate to return to its winning ways.

2. Philadelphia Eagles

Although he went to Penn State, Robinson is originally from Detroit. In other words, this isn’t about a Pennsylvania reunion so much as it is about the Eagles checking every box the former Pro Bowler should have this spring.

However, before he takes his talents to the City of Brotherly Love, Robinson must learn what the Eagles intend to do at quarterback. Will Philadelphia stick with Jalen Hurts, a Pro Bowl selection in 2021, or do the Eagles plan to go all out and give up the farm for Watson or Wilson? To be clear, that isn’t a knock on Hurts, who shined at times throughout the 2021 campaign and could still have a bright future in Philadelphia.

Regardless of who plays quarterback next year, the Eagles absolutely make sense for the 28-year-old receiver. Still, there’s another NFC East team we feel is more attractive.

1. Washington Commanders

In spite of the organization’s overall dysfunction, the Commanders’ offensive core is far more talented than some fans might think. Washington already has young running back Antonio Gibson, explosive receiver Terry McLaurin, and quarterback-turned-tight end Logan Thomas in place. Even if quarterback Taylor Heinicke isn’t the answer, the 2020 NFC East champions don’t exactly have a bare cupboard on offense.

Commanders head coach Ron Rivera has a history of aggressively pursuing players he feels can make a difference on offense. This mentality dates all the way back to the Carolina Panthers’ decision to sign former Bears tight end Greg Olsen in 2011, and the Miami product became one of the most significant players in franchise history. Perhaps another ex-Bear will be the key to Rivera and Washington becoming a perennial playoff contender in the 2020s.

As crazy as the idea of a stable Washington organization sounds, just remember we just watched Tom Brady serve as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ starting quarterback for two seasons. Exactly.

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