Bears WR Allen Robinson is entering the final year of his contract, but his preference is to remain in Chicago long term.
“I think the biggest thing is that, again, it definitely takes both sides,” Robinson said Thursday, via Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times. “There’s a lot that goes into it. Everybody knows I want to be in Chicago.
“We’re just trying to figure this out. I’m sure that [Bears General Manager] Ryan [Pace], he has a lot going on, stuff he’s trying to figure out. . . .Also, at the end of the day, I’m just preparing, going into a contract year. Because it is the last year of my deal and there’s nothing I can do solely to change that myself.”
Robinson added that he can’t make this happen on his own, so he plans to focus on what he can control over the next year.
“I want to be in Chicago, if they’ll have me,” Robinson said. “The biggest thing is, I can’t make that happen solely myself. I just gotta control what I can control. I know that everything will probably play out fine.”
This is the first time Robinson has made it clear that he’d like to remain with the Bears. Last month, Robinson said he’d “definitely” open to doing a new deal with Chicago if they were offering a market-value contract.
“Yeah, definitely,” Robinson said. “There’s a lot that goes into it . . . but as far as how comfortable I am here and how much I like it here, I definitely would foresee spending many more years here.”
Robinson, 26, is a former second-round pick by the Jaguars back in 2014. He played out the final year of a four-year, $3.510 million rookie contract before agreeing to a three-year, $42 million contract with roughly $25 million guaranteed with the Bears back in 2018.
Robinson stands to make a base salary of $10,900,000 for the 2020 season.
In 2019, Robinson appeared in 16 games for the Bears and caught 98 passes for 1,147 yards receiving and seven touchdowns.