3 reasons Allen Robinson will play 2021 on franchise tag

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The Chicago Bears applied the franchise tag to Allen Robinson, but that does not end the story. Robinson has to sign the tag, but the Bears also have until July to work out an extension, and of course, they can trade him at any time.

So, despite the tag, there have been rumors of whether Robinson will or will not play on the tag in 2021. While the discussion is fair, the most likely outcome is that he does play on the tag, and he does play one more year for the Chicago Bears before testing free agency. Here is why.

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3. Ryan Pace must win now

We know, you know it, Ryan Pace definitely knows it. A bad year without a playoff run will have the seat very hot and may have Pace looking for a job. So, any move the Chicago Bears make is with the idea that they have to be all-in on their 2021 roster. There is almost no scenario where trading Allen Robinson makes them better in 2021.

Yes, trading for a draft pick would ease the Bears cap concerns and in the long term, could pay off better than Robinson at his price, but there is no pick that trading Robinson for can net a better wide receiver.

The only way to trade Robinson would be to acquire more capital to trade for a quarterback such as Russell Wilson. However, that is a long shot not only in landing Wilson, or the return from Robinson being just what puts them over the top. The question would be why would Wilson go the Bears if Robinson is leaving? Who is he throwing to?

The team needs a wide receiver, and even with Robinson, they should look to add at the position. It is hard to justify the Bears trading Robinson and having a better immediate roster, so it is hard to envision trading Robinson.