Chicago Bears: Who could replace Allen Robinson in 2022?

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Chicago Bears, JuJu Smith-Schuster
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Chicago Bears potential Allen Robinson Replacement: JuJu Smith-Schuster

Why it makes sense

If the Bears aren’t willing to dish out big money to keep Robinson, they may not be for pricier free agents either. This would make a cheaper alternative like Juju Smith-Schuster a possibility. Smith-Schuster is a solid possession receiver who was used consistently in the short pass game for Pittsburgh. He only averaged 8.6 yards per catch in 2020 but proved to be a capable big-play weapon when used in the deep pass game early in his career.

Smith-Schuster will be 25 by the start of the 2022 season and isn’t likely to get a big contract. Tik Tok dances aside, Smith-Schuster is a very good all-around receiver who can be used in the slot and the outside. His well-rounded game and versatility make him a fit in almost any offense.

Why it may not work

Ever since Antonio Brown left the Steelers, Smith-Schuster hasn’t produced the same way he did early in his career. His offensive scheme hasn’t helped, but there are still questions if he can replicate his 2018 production without an elite compliment.

Final thoughts:

The 2022 free agency class could feature several solid options at wide receiver. The question is if it’s better for the Bears to go after a free agent instead of retaining a player who has already proven he can thrive in the Chicago offense.

Robinson may be pricy, but so is any receiver of his caliber. The Bears have the cap space to get the deal done, and Robinson will only be 28 years old by the end of the month. The Bears don’t have to re-sign Robinson, but making a conscious effort to bring him back would be in the team’s best interests.