The first time Allen Robinson played in a walk year, he was unlucky. On the third snap of the Jaguars’ 2017 season, the receiver tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while catching a 17-yard pass. He wouldn’t play again for a year — and when he did, it was for the Bears.
The second time Robinson played in a walk year, he was dominant. In the final season of a three-year contract with the Bears, Robinson caught 102 passes last year, tied for the second-most in franchise history. His 1,250 yards were sixth-most in Bears annals.
Robinson’s reward: another walk year.
Predictably, the deadline for Robinson and the Bears to negotiate a long-term extension came and went Thursday afternoon with no action. That leaves him to play on the one-year, $17.9 million franchise tag this year — the receiver signed that tender in March — and unable to negotiate a new contract until the season is over.
The 27-year-old will become unrestricted free agent in March unless the Bears either give him the tag again — at about $21.5 million in 2022 — or finally agree to a long-term deal.