Allen Robinson helps Chicago Bears reach playoffs twice in four seasons
Nonetheless, after his fourth season with the Jaguars, the team elected not to resign the receiver. Instead, Robinson elected to sign a three-year deal with the Chicago Bears, where he would bolster a flimsy wide receiver group, headlined by Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller. The Penn State product almost instantly became the team's number-one receiver upon returning to full health for the 2018 season, although he missed three games throughout the year due to a nagging injury.
The team's primary goal in acquiring Robinson was to serve as second-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky's number one option and the former Jaguar accomplished exactly that. In just 13 games, Robinson's 754 yards were strong enough to lead the team, and under new head coach Matt Nagy, the team was able to qualify for the postseason after finishing the year with a 12-4 record.
The team's ensuing playoff game versus the Philadelphia Eagles would eventually become one of the most notorious games in the franchise's recent history, but it is easy to forget how dominant Robinson was during the loss. He finished the game with 143 yards and a touchdown on 10 receptions, and an impressive five receptions led to first downs for the offense. During the team's potential game-winning drive, Robinson recorded all 33 yards en route to setting up a 43-yard field goal attempt. While we all know what happened next, Robinson would have been the hero of the game had Cody Parkey kicked the ball through the uprights.
Despite the close loss, Robinson's performance is still perhaps the best postseason game by a receiver in team history. His marks of 10 receptions and 143 yards are both franchise records in postseason play as a Bear, with his reception total tied only by longtime running back Matt Forte.
Nonetheless, following the team's disappointing playoff loss, Robinson regained some of the excellence that he showcased before his ACL tear in 2017. In 16 games, Robinson surpassed the 1,000-yard receiving mark for just the second time in his career, and the first since his Pro Bowl second season. He also finished the year with seven touchdowns, but the team as a whole took a step back and ended the season with an 8-8 record.
The next year, an 8-8 record would end up being just enough for the Bears to sneak into the playoffs under the new 14-team format, but Robinson again had another terrific year leading up to their Wildcard loss versus the New Orleans Saints. In 16 starts, the receiver tallied 1,250 yards and six touchdowns en route to finishing the year as the team's leading receiver for the third consecutive season.
In an abysmal showing against the Saints, Robinson was one of the few bright spots, and he finished the game with a solid 55 yards on six receptions (if you watched the game, those numbers probably feel a little shocking, as the team was essentially stuffed by the New Orleans defense from the first snap).
By the following year, the Chicago Bears were already preparing for several changes, specifically to the offense. The biggest of which included the drafting of Justin Fields to replace Trubisky, but the emergence and addition of a number of skill players in David Mongtomery, Darnell Mooney, and Cole Kmet made Robinson's role on the team less clear than the three seasons prior.
Still, the team elected to place the franchise tag on Robinson for the 2021 season, but he was phased out of the offense to a degree. In 12 games, Robinson had his worst season as a Bear, and after finishing with just 410 yards and a touchdown, the Bears elected not to bring back Robinson for the 2022 season, the first year under Matt Eberflus and Ryan Poles.