The Chicago Bears made an $18 million move on Tuesday, one that everyone in the NFL saw coming.
However, Bears running back Tarik Cohen isn’t satisfied with it.
The Bears gave Allen Robinson the franchise tag
The Bears officially placed the franchise tag on wide receiver Allen Robinson on Tuesday. If Robinson signs the franchise tag, he’ll make $18 million in 2021.
Robinson is the best player on the Bears’ offense. He recorded 102 receptions in 2020 for 1,250 yards and six touchdowns. For whatever reason, Chicago general manager Ryan Pace and Robinson’s camp haven’t agreed on a long-term extension.
Since signing with the Bears in 2019, Robinson has caught 255 balls for 3,151 yards and 17 touchdowns. He’s one of the most reliable wideouts in the NFL and deserves to be paid like one. Pace needs to pay Robinson to avoid a mutiny on his hands.
Bears star playmaker Tarik Cohen understands how valuable Allen Robinson is, which is why he’s not content with Chicago giving A-Rob the franchise tag.
Tarik Cohen wants the Bears to give Allen Robinson a long-term deal
Tarik Cohen took to social media and tweeted “Paydaman” after news broke about the Bears giving Allen Robinson the franchise tag. It’s evident that he wants Chicago to compensate the star wide receiver fairly.
Cohen signed a contract extension with the Bears before the 2020 season that will keep him in Chicago through 2023. He only played in three games last season due to an ACL tear he suffered in Week 3 against the Atlanta Falcons.
Ryan Pace is under a lot of pressure in 2021 to build a stout roster. After winning the NFC North in 2018, the Bears have regressed on both sides of the ball, and Pace’s decision to draft Mitchell Trubisky over Deshaun Watson in the 2017 NFL draft has come back to haunt Chicago.
Robinson has put up Pro Bowl numbers with the Bears despite playing with Trubisky, Nick Foles, and Chase Daniel. Chicago fans are hopeful that Seattle Seahawks superstar Russell Wilson requests a trade to the Bears. Wilson has a no-trade clause in his contract, and his agent listed Chicago as one of the teams he would play for if things in Seattle don’t work out.
As we mentioned earlier, Allen Robinson will make $18 million next season if he signs the franchise tag. However, it’s not a guarantee that the one-time Pro Bowler will play under the tag.
Could A-Rob hold out?
Everyone knows Allen Robinson doesn’t want to play on the franchise tag. With that being said, ESPN’s Jeff Darlington speculated that Robinson could hold out.
“Last year, he was very frustrated he didn’t get his contract done, but he ultimately had another successful season,” Darlington said on the “KJZ” show last month. “If they tag him, I just don’t see him playing under the tag. I think this gets messy, and GM Ryan Pace has given no sense that he wants to give him the money that seemingly Robinson will deserve on the open market. So that one is the one that has the most potential for, I guess, drama and intrigue.”
Tarik Cohen isn’t the only player who wants the Bears to pay Robinson. Cordarrelle Patterson is a huge fan of his Chicago teammate and has advocated for the Bears to pay A-Rob several times.
It will be fascinating to see what Allen Robinson does moving forward. The entire NFL will be paying attention.
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