NFL free agency is in full swing and reports indicate Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson will leave the Jacksonville Jaguars and sign with the Chicago Bears this afternoon, as first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Former Jaguars WR Allen Robinson intends to sign with the Chicago Bears barring any last-minute snags when free agency opens Wednesday, source tells ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018
Robinson's negotiating window basically opened at 11 a.m. Monday, and although no agreements are binding and he cannot sign a contract until this afternoon, an agreement was reached in the early morning hours Tuesday. His contract terms will be three years for $42 million, as Robinson himself confirmed to ESPN.
The former Nittany Lion is entering his fifth year as one of the league's premiere wideouts. After a breakout season in 2015 which featured 80 catches for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns, Robinson logged 73 catches for 883 yards and six touchdowns in 2016. However, he was sidelined last season with a torn ACL suffered against the Houston Texans in week one.
The injury forced him to sit out during the Jags' thrilling run throughout the playoffs last year. Jacksonville went on to beat both Buffalo and Pittsburgh, but ultimately fell to the Patriots in the AFC Championship.
The Bears were also in talks of signing Sammy Watkins from the Los Angeles Rams, but lost that battle when Watkins opted to join the 49ers. Robinson was also looking at San Francisco but decided a contract with Chicago was the better deal. He's obviously a great addition to Chicago's rebuild, and while he doesn't own the kind of speed Watkins has, he's still 6-foot-3, 211 pounds and a multi-dimensional threat on the outside.
He'll be a huge asset and target for Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubinsky. Don't call it a comeback.