Roy Robertson-Harris is out for the season and may have played his last snap in Chicago
The bad breaks keep coming for the Chicago Bears. In the midst of a three-game losing streak, the team announced that defensive lineman Roy Robertson-Harris will now miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. In the short-term, the Bears have been low on defensive line depth and take another hit.
In the longterm, this may be the end of a relationship between RRH and the Chicago Bears. RRH entered 2020 as a restricted free agent. The Bears placed a tender on him, all but guaranteeing that he would be back for one more year.
RRH played on the tender and did not sign a long extension this offseason. That means that the 2020 RFA will be an unrestricted free agent in 2021.
Considering the Chicago Bears are cash stapped and the defensive line is their greatest strength, it would be hard to imagine RRH re-signing in Chicago at this point.
Robertson-Harris was a great Ryan Pace UDFA. He was an outside linebacker who moved inside and excelled from the start. RRH posted 2, 3, and 2.5 sacks in his first three years with the Chicago Bears.
However, with a bigger role in 2020, he did not take advantage. Robertson-Harris did not record a single sack this year. The same can be shown in the pressure rate. In 2017, he had a 6.3% pressure rate, which he repeated in 2018. However, in 2019 that number fell to 5%, and this year he was at 4.6% according to PFF.
According to PFF, his run stops are pace to drop as well.
On one hand, it can be argued that his putting up pedestrian numbers could help Chicago sign him for cheaper. However, the flip side is that this has to hurt RRH in free agency.
He is coming off of an injury and his worst season just in time to cash in on what may be his only big deal. While the Bears would like to sign him cheap, you cannot blame Robertson-Harris for potentially playing for his highest bidder next year. While the Bears may offer a contract, their depth, and his history has to have them low balling RRH and hoping that he returns on a team-friendly deal.