Whether it’s this summer or during the 2021 NFL season, Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson is likely to be traded. Robinson, 27, is set to play under the $17.88 million franchise tag tender in 2021.
Recent indications are that Robinson and the Bears are unlikely to come to terms on an extension ahead of the deadline later in July. Previously, that had led to rumors consisting of the Pro Bowler being moved. If it does happen, here’s a look at five perfect trade scenarios
Allen Robinson to the Miami Dolphins
- Dolphins get: Allen Robinson
- Bears get: Xavien Howard, 2022 first-round pick
Flush with an extra first-round picks in the 2023 NFL Draft and boasting the most cap room in the NFL, the time could be ripe for Miami to make a move for Robinson. The team has done everything possible to build a solid skill-position group for young quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. That included signing Will Fuller and drafting fellow wide receiver Jaylen Waddle in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Why not add Robinson to the mix to form an elite group for Tua?
On the other hand, Chicago might find it hard to move Robinson this summer without taking back a big salary. That’s where Howard comes into play. After leading the NFL in interceptions two of the past three seasons, the two-time Pro Bowl cornerback wants a new contract and could be traded. Chicago is also in need of help outside after the surprising release of Kyle Fuller. Bringing Howard and a first-round pick in exchange for Allen Robinson would be a win.
Allen Robinson trade to the Indianapolis Colts
- Colts get: Allen Robinson
- Bears get: Zach Pascal, 2022 third-round pick, 2023 first-round pick
Colts general manager Chris Ballard seems perfectly fine with the likes of T.Y. Hilton, Michael Pittman Jr. and Zach Pascal acting as Carson Wentz’s top receivers in 2021. Given how poorly Wentz played with the Philadelphia Eagles a season ago, I am not too sure about this strategy.
Having already yielded draft capital to the Eagles for Wentz, the pickings might be slim as it relates to what Indy could offer up to Chicago for Allen Robinson. In this trade scenario, the Bears get a potential long-term option at receiver for Justin Fields while picking up two draft picks, including a first-rounder in 2023. While this might be a high price for the Colts to pay, they are clearly in win-now mode. Adding Robinson to the mix could make this team a top-end title contender in the AFC in 2021.
Allen Robinson trade to the Los Angeles Chargers
- Chargers get: Allen Robinson
- Bears get: Mike Williams, 2022 second-round pick
It was somewhat surprising to see Los Angeles pick up the $15.68 million option on Williams’ contract for the 2021 campaign. The former top-seven pick from Clemson saw major regression last season, recording less than 800 yards after going for over 1,000 in 2019. With that said, he’s still just 26 years old and could be a long-term option for Fields in the Windy City. Add in a second-round pick in 2022, and this might make sense for Chicago.
From Los Angeles’ perspective, it’s pretty much a no-brainer. Just imagine Allen Robinson and Keenan Allen being on the receiving end of darts from stud young quarterback Justin Herbert. Add in the presence of rookie Josh Palmer, and the Chargers’ passing attack would soon rival what we see from Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West.
Allen Robinson trade to the New England Patriots
- Patriots get: Allen Robinson
- Bears get: N’Keal Harry, 2022 first-round pick
It became pretty clear during NFL free agency that the Patriots were not going to go into rebuild mode after the first losing season since all the way back in 2000. New England re-signed Cam Newton to compete with rookie Mac Jones under center. It also signed two starter-caliber tight ends and two more wide receivers to help on the outside while bringing in one of the best defensive free agents of the cycle.
What’s to stop New England from attempting to find Jones or Newton a true No. 1 receiver? Right now, Kendrick Bourne and Nelson Agholor are nice second-tier options. But adding Robinson to the mix would change the dynamics in a big way. From Chicago’s perspective, it takes a chance on a still-young N’Keal Harry who will be dealt here soon. It also picks up what could end up being a pick in the initial half of the first round next year.
Allen Robinson trade to the Arizona Cardinals
- Cardinals get: Allen Robinson
- Bears get: Christian Kirk, Chandler Jones, 2022 third-round pick
It was earlier this summer that Arizona kicked the tires on acquiring Julio Jones before the future Hall of Famer was dealt to the Tennessee Titans. Given the presence of DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green and stud rookie Rondale Moore, this didn’t seem to make much sense. Even then, it’s clear that the Cardinals are looking for anything to help Kyler Murray improve under center. Teaming Robinson up with those three would do just that, clearly making Arizona one of the favorites in a highly-competitive NFC West.
So, what could Arizona offer up to entice Chicago? Any trade package would likely start with young receiver Christian Kirk heading to the Bears. From there, Chicago adds one of the most-dominant pass rushers of his generation to team up with Khalil Mack. These are two win-now acquisitions for a Bears brass that’s clearly on the hot seat. It almost makes too much sense.