This trade sees the Chicago Bears swap Allen Robinson for Orlando Brown
This offseason is going to get real interesting for the Bears and wide receiver Allen Robinson. The Bears’ leading receiver the last three years, Robinson is set to become an unrestricted free agent. However, the Bears very well could (and likely will) use the franchise tag.
Up until last fall, things looked like they could be progressing between Robinson and the Bears in terms of getting an extension done. Robinson, after all, has been the lion’s share of the Bears’ passing game for the duration of his stay in Chicago. In the end, talks were again put off as the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement.
So, the Bears could opt to execute a lesser-often-seen scenario like this.
The Bears would sign Robinson to a new deal, and then trade him to Baltimore in a one-for-one deal for Brown. It’s pretty simple. There are no draft picks involved, but the Bears would definitely feel the pressure of needing to get an extension done for Brown in the near future.
The last thing Chicago wants is to see their top offensive player leave the team for a guy they will only use for one season. If Ryan Pace botches an extension for Brown, then he will have made the same mistake two years in a row.
That cannot happen. So, it’s either he gets the right deal done for Robinson while fixing the quarterback position, or he trades his top wideout for a potential long-term solution at a position of need.