Chicago Bears: Players to target in Allen Robinson tag-and-trade

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Allen Robinson and the Chicago Bears could be headed for a divorce, but could it be done in a rarely-seen fashion?

First, let’s back up just a bit. To understand why the Bears and Robinson are at this stage, one must go back all the way to September of 2020. This was the point in time where the Bears were speaking to Robinson’s camp about an extension.

There was a ton of momentum on social media with fans and even Robinson’s teammates. The “#ExtendAR” campaign was alive and well, and there seemed to be no way the Bears weren’t going to get an extension done.

After all, this guy has essentially equaled a third of the Bears’ passing game for most of his time on the field. Without Robinson, the Bears do not have a true number one threat at the wide receiver position, so why would Ryan Pace even consider not getting a deal done?

Robinson had proved he was worth top dollar. But, as the story goes, he and the Bears could not agree on a deal. Now, there’s word from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero that the Bears haven’t even spoken to Robinson about an extension since September — that’s, well, not a good sign.

Furthermore, there’s another report stating that the Bears could end up tagging and trading Robinson.

How did this happen? Why is Pace so incapable of showing his top receiver the appreciation that’s so incredibly deserved?

This is the reality we live in, now. If the Bears truly do take an opportunity to give Robinson the franchise tag and trade him away, then they have to be thinking about a smart return. If they’re looking for specific players in a deal for Robinson, there are a few that make some particular sense.