Chicago Bears: Who could replace Allen Robinson in 2022?

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Chicago Bears, Chris Godwin
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Chicago Bears potential Allen Robinson Replacement: Chris Godwin

 Why it makes sense

Like Allen Robinson, Chris Godwin was unable to reach an extension with his team and will be playing under the franchise tag in 2021. At only 25 years old, Godwin has established himself as one of the best young wide receivers in the league, putting up 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns in only 14 games in 2019 and 840 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games in 2020.

With all of the young players Tampa Bay is trying to retain, there may not be room for Godwin long-term. Godwin is just entering his prime and would be in his mid-to-late twenties throughout Justin Fields’ rookie contract. Godwin will be one of the most accomplished free agents in the 2022 class and will have plenty of suitors.

Why it may not work

Godwin is currently playing with Tom Brady as his quarterback in an air-raid offense that gives him plenty of targets. The Bears’ quarterback situation in past years hasn’t made Chicago the most popular destination among free agent receivers. Justin Fields and Matt Nagy will have to show signs of a better offense to get Godwin to part ways with Tampa.

Additionally, Godwin is going to be on the more expensive side of free agents. With a big 2021 season, Godwin could be looking to be one of the highest-paid receivers in football. It doesn’t make much sense to let Robinson walk to save money if they end up paying big for another receiver.