The Chicago Bears trading Robinson for Darnold straight up would be a risk
The initial question posed involving Robinson and Darnold seemed to hit the majority of Bears fans where it hurt. There’s no possible way the Bears and Jets actually pull off a one-for-one deal.
First of all, Darnold is an unproven quarterback. He’s entering his fourth year in the NFL and, so far, has done nothing to merit any ground for hope. The fact that he’s been under the grips of Adam Gase for his first three seasons does hold some water. Gase should have been fired long ago, and the potential for Darnold to transform into something worthwhile is now on the table.
Maybe, under Matt Nagy, Darnold gets a different point of view and is able to develop. However, that possibility is far from concrete. What we know about Robinson is that he’s at the top of his game and in the upper echelon of wideouts in this league.
Over 3,000 receiving yards in three seasons with poor quarterback play in Chicago is all you need to know about this guy. He’s been able to perform no matter who his quarterback is, and in New York, he’d likely have one of the top rookies in this class throwing to him.
The Bears would have to get far more than just Darnold if they were to trade Robinson to the Jets. Even though Robinson would be on a one-year deal using the franchise tag, he’s still worth more than a question mark at the most important position in football.