Are the Chicago Bears going to start shopping Allen Robinson?

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As the Chicago Bears prepare for the San Francisco 49ers in a Week 8 matchup this weekend, the team also must ready themselves for what could be an eventful week.

Next Tuesday is the 2021 NFL trade deadline, and the Bears are one of the rumored teams who could make a move or two. Based on how recent news has affected the team, Chicago very well may be a seller.

One of the most talked-about names among the Bears, who could be moved, is former Pro Bowl wide receiver, Allen Robinson.

This season, Robinson is playing on the franchise tag and making roughly $18 million. However, after the 2021 campaign is over, he likely won’t be back. That is why plenty of speculation exists that the Chicago Bears might shop Allen Robinson before the trade deadline.

The Chicago Bears are likely to shop Allen Robinson before the NFL trade deadline

The above Twitter account is from a well-connected Bears podcaster, Austin Fuglestad. He has been pretty spot-on with a lot of Bears rumors in the past, including some of the Russell Wilson rumors a while ago. However, we must also note that none of this is official and is purely speculation until we find a second confirmed source or one of the main analysts like Adam Schefter breaks the news. Whether Fuglestad is correct or not, we can at least postulate that this is the type of move the Chicago Bears should be making.

An Allen Robinson trade would make a lot of sense for the Bears, too, as his relationship with the team has been less-than-ideal for quite some time now.

As you might remember, Robinson stopped receiving communication from the Bears on extension talks last September, and since then, the negotiations never really took off or gained any momentum again.

For the majority of his career, Robinson has had poor quarterback play. Now that he has a chance to work with Justin Fields, the two have gotten off to a rough start, in part due to the lack of snaps they’ve practiced together.

It is very likely that Robinson will choose a new destination next spring when he hits free agency. It’s also very clear that the Bears haven’t held Robinson in high regard for over a year now, therefore they should absolutely try to get something in return for him before the deadline is up.

Chicago traded away some assets back in the 2021 NFL Draft in order to get both Fields and second-round tackle Teven Jenkins, so recouping any draft capital for Robinson would be a huge deal for the Bears.

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If Robinson is able to fetch the Bears somewhere along the lines of a second or third-round pick while going to a contender, Chicago makes out on that trade pretty well. It’s a foregone conclusion that Robinson won’t be back, so Ryan Pace has to act swiftly and be smart about this situation.