Chicago Bears end of year winners and losers

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 03: Roquan Smith #58 of the Chicago Bears celebrates a sack against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on October 03, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 24-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Chicago Bears loser: Allen Robinson

Obviously, there was some tension between the Chicago Bears and Allen Robinson going into this season due to the contract disputes between both parties. The Bears franchise-tagged Robinson to come back for one more year and never offered him the extension he wanted, which was in the 4-year, $80 million dollar area. This tension showed on the field with his effort and energy, and it was clear Robinson was playing his way out of Chicago.

The first three seasons of his deal went very well. Allen Robinson solidified himself as the top receiver the Bears had been looking for and put-up Pro-Bowl numbers consistently, even with poor quarterback play. This year things changed. As Darnell Mooney rose up to the challenge, Robinson took a step back. A-Rob finished this year with only 38 receptions and 400 yards. He also only had one touchdown on the year and was a non-factor in the red zone. It was a super disappointing season by a very talented player, and it is clear it is best for both sides to move on. He will surely find his grove again with fresh scenery.

Chicago Bears Winner: Roquan Smith

As much of a force that Khalil Mack is on defense, it might be time to say that the best defender on this team is Roquan Smith. He was top five in the league in tackles this year and got even better after an All-Pro caliber season last year. He has entrenched himself as a top linebacker in the league and deserves more praise from the national media.

Smith was snubbed of a Pro Bowl bid this year, but his talent goes beyond that. He should be in the running for another All-Pro spot as he was a playmaker for this defense all year. His ability to tackle, cover, and diagnose what the offense is doing has made it hard on opposing offenses to beat the young stud.

Matt Nagy had some high praise for Roquan in one of his final press conferences this past week and it goes to show how valuable he is to this team. He has grown so much over the last few years and has become a superstar for the Bears after this season.

Honorable mentions:

Winners – Sean Desai, David Montgomery, Jason Peters

Losers – Justin Fields, Eddie Jackson, James Daniels

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The Chicago Bears will enter a new era that hopefully brings success for years to come. After a failure under Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace, it was important to look back over the final season to highlight the studs and duds of the season, because who knows what this team will look like next year.