Pelissero says that brings the franchise tag into the equation as a course of action for the Bears and Robinson. The two sides could then pick negotiations back up, Robinson could play out 2021 on the tag, or Chicago could even look to execute a trade after tagging Robinson.
The two sides have been at a contractual impasse since the beginning of last season when there were rumors of Robinson wanting a trade to a team that would be willing to pay him what he thinks he’s worth.
The market for receivers has increased to around $19-$20 million per year. The tag for Robinson in 2021 would be around $18 million.
Robinson, 27, 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 is entering the final year of his contract and stands to make a base salary of $10,900,000 for the 2020 season.
Robinson caught five passes for 74 yards in Sunday’s season-opening win against the Lions.
In 2020, Robinson has appeared in three games for the Bears and caught 18 passes for 230 yards receiving and one touchdown.
We have Robinson listed in our Top 50 2021 NFL Free Agents list.