There’s renewed talk that the retooling Los Angeles Rams are open to trading high-priced wide receiver Allen Robinson.
For Los Angeles, this seems to make a ton of sense. The team has already moved off core contributors such as Jalen Ramsey, Bobby Wagner and Leonard Floyd this offseason. It has been in cost-cutting mode under general manager Les Snead after going all in to win the Super Bowl back in February of 2022.
A major free-agent flop of the Rams last offseason, Robinson recorded a mere 33 receptions for 339 yards in 10 games in his first season with Los Angeles. He’s playing under a three-year, $46.5 million contract and would count $10 million against the cap in 2023 for an acquiring team.
At this point, either Los Angeles is going to have to trade Robinson for pennies on the dollar while picking up some of his contract or release the veteran wide receiver altogether. Here, we look at four ideal landing spots for the former Pro Bowler from Penn State.
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Kansas City Chiefs take a chance on Allen Robinson
Kansas City lost both JuJu Smith-Schuster and Mecole Hardman during NFL free agency. It has yet to bring in an outside option to replace either of them. With Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Kadarius Toney and Skyy Moore as the Chiefs’ top-three receivers, we expect this to change in short order.
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What better option than to see if Robinson can resurrect his career with reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes? The three-time 1,000-yard receiver wouldn’t be able to ask for a better situation. Meanwhile, he’d come cheap for a Chiefs team that has pushed back against paying out the bounty to trade for DeAndre Hopkins.
Former Pro Bowl wide receiver heads to the Buffalo Bills
Speaking of DeAndre Hopkins, Buffalo is the latest team to pull out of the sweepstakes for the Pro Bowler. In no way does this mean that the Bills aren’t in the market for a wide receiver to work behind Stefon Diggs. They have been linked to this position on a near never-ending loop throughout the offseason.
- Allen Robinson stats (2018-20): 255 receptions, 3,151 yards, 17 TD, 63.9% catch rate
While Robinson has seen a downtick in production over the past two seasons, it must be noted who he was catching balls from. That included then-rookie Bears quarterback Justin Fields in 2021 and a watered-down iteration of Matthew Stafford this past season. Josh Allen would be the best quarterback he has had in his career.
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Carolina Panthers add another wide receiver
Carolina dealt away Pro Bowler D.J. Moore in the blockbuster trade up for the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. General manager Scott Fitterer and Co. responded by adding fellow former Pro Bowlers D.J. Chark and Adam Thielen to the mix. We don’t believe that the Panthers are done adding more weapons for a likely rookie starting quarterback in 2023.
Allen Robinson would be an upgrade over Terrace Marshall Jr. on the outside next to Chark. With Thielen manning the slot and underrated tight end Hayden Hurst doing his thing, this would be a darn good skill-position grouping in Carolina.
Allen Robinson heads to the San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco seems to be set at wide receiver with Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel doing their thing. The emergence of young slot guy Jauan Jenning has also helped the two-time defending NFC runner ups.
With that said, San Francisco was linked to Robinson last offseason before he signed with the Rams. If the veteran is released, there’s no reason to believe general manager John Lynch and Co. wouldn’t kick the tires. In this scenario, Allen Robinson would line up outside opposite Aiyuk with Samuel manning the slot. Add in running back Christian McCaffrey and tight end George Kittle, and this would be an elite skill-position grouping for whoever is under center in Santa Clara next season.
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