Wide receiver Allen Robinson’s agent denied that he or his client had requested a trade from the Chicago Bears.
Allen Robinson is dissatisfied that the Chicago Bears have not paid him market value for front-line wide receivers, but has not formally requested a trade, his agent, Brandon Parker, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Sources told ESPN’s Dan Graziano on Tuesday that Robinson had informed the Bears that he would prefer to be traded if the parties could not reach an agreement on an extension. The Chicago Tribune also reported Tuesday that Robinson, who is in the final year of his contract, has requested a trade.
Allen Robinson is in the final year of a contract that pays him $ 13 million for 2020. Getty Images
Parker denied the report, telling Schefter that he and Robinson have requested no trade.
Sources told Graziano that the Bears are aware that the star wide receiver is unhappy.
The 27-year-old Robinson will collect $ 13 million in 2020. He recently removed any reference to the Bears from his social media accounts.
Robinson has dodged questions when asked by reporters about the issue.
“Again, for me, it’s never been my focus,” Robinson explained last week, leading up to Chicago’s comeback win over the Detroit Lions.
“I’ve never said that before. I’m not focused on it. I’m focused on the season. I’m not focused on it. Everything else, I’ll let it happen as it happens. But that’s not my concern right now.”
The recent extensions to other wide receivers would have added to Allen Robinson’s frustration in Chicago. Getty Images
Robinson caught five passes for 74 yards on nine attempts during Week 1.
Last season, Robinson led the Bears with 98 receptions for 1,147 yards and seven touchdowns, despite playing one of the worst offenses in the league. Robinson spent four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2014-2017), where he earned an invitation to the Pro Bowl after catching 80 passes for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2015.
Robinson suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 1 of 2017, his final season at Jacksonville, and he was not completely healthy for them in 2018. Even so, he had 55 catches for 754 yards and four touchdowns on 13 disputed duels.
“When we work on those deals, we know how important A-Rob is to us, not just as a player but as a teammate,” Bears general manager Ryan Pace said Sept. 7.
Intensifying Robinson’s frustration is the string of extensions that have been handed out to wide receivers in the past month, including DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals, Keenan Allen of the Los Angeles Chargers and Cooper Kupp of the Los Angeles Rams.
Hopkins’ new deal is the highest in terms of average annual salary ($ 27.25 million) among receivers in the NFL. Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons ($ 22 million), Allen ($ 20.025 million) and Amari Cooper of the Dallas Cowboys ($ 20 million) have deals that average at least $ 20 million over the life of the contract.
Robinson’s three-year deal with Chicago, which is about to expire, averages $ 14 million per year, placing him 15th in the league among wide receivers.