Allen Robinson a worthwhile gamble for Bears despite coming off ACL injury

From ESPN - March 13, 2018

Agreeing to terms on a three-year, $42 million contract with free-agent wide receiver Allen Robinson -- who missed almost the entire 2017 season because of a torn left ACL -- was a risk the Chicago Bears simply had to take.

Prior to Robinsons verbal commitment late Monday night, Chicagos situation at wide receiver was unacceptable.

Only one Bears wideout caught more than 50 passes last season: veteran Kendall Wright (59), who is an unrestricted free agent.

Kevin White, the No. 7 pick in the 2015 NFL draft, has played in just five career regular-season games and is coming off another trip to injured reserve.

Cameron Meredith, who had a breakout season in 2016, suffered a devastating knee injury last summer that cost him the entire 2017 season. The Bears will tender Meredith, a restricted free agent, but he remains a major question mark.

And veteran Markus Wheaton, whom the Bears guaranteed $6 million in 2017, had a career-low three receptions for 51 yards in 11 games last season.

Chicagos top offseason priority was to surround quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, the No. 2 pick in last years draft, with better weapons.

Bears general manager Ryan Pace knew he had to swing for the fences at wide receiver this week. The consensus top receiver in the upcoming draft, Alabamas Calvin Ridley, is not viewed by some scouts as a top-10 pick. The Bears, who currently hold the No. 8 pick, are probably more likely to choose a cornerback, pass-rusher or even Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson before using their first-rounder on another receiver.

Armed with that reality, the Bears raced out of the gates when the legal negotiating period opened Monday, aggressively pursuing not just Robinson but also free-agent receiver Sammy Watkins, according to sources. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter later reported that Watkins intends to sign with Kansas City.


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