July 25, 2021

Bears WR Allen Robinson doesn’t plan to hold out during training camp

The Bears and Robinson have until July 15 to agree to a long-term contract

LAKE FOREST – Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson doesn’t plan on holding out for a new contract.

Robinson, 27, is under a one-year franchise tag tender. The 2020 season was the final year of Robinson’s three-year contract with the Bears that he signed before the 2018 season. The Bears placed him on the franchise tag in March, and Robinson has signed his one-year franchise tag deal.

The team and Robinson now have until July 15 to agree to a long-term extension. If they cannot come to an agreement by then, they cannot negotiate again until after the 2021 season.

On Wednesday at veteran minicamp, Robinson said he plans to arrive at training camp on time. Although that is good news for the Bears, Robinson said there hasn’t been much progress on a contract extension.

“I don’t have any updates or anything like that,” Robinson said.

The contract drama with Robinson began last offseason and extended into the 2020 season. A week into the regular season, Robinson deleted much of the Bears content from his Instagram account. After the season, Robinson was vocal about his dislike of the franchise tag.

Although Robinson likely isn’t thrilled with the current situation, showing up for minicamp and training camp is a positive sign for the Bears.

“The one sneaky thing about A-Rob that I think is pretty cool is No. 1, even if he’s not here, you know he’s working his tail off,” coach Matt Nagy said Tuesday. “And No. 2, he’s always in great shape, and we noticed that today.”

Sean Hammond

Sean is the Chicago Bears beat reporter for Shaw Media. He also contributes to high school football coverage at Friday Night Drive. Sean has covered various sports at the amateur, college and professional levels since 2012. He joined Shaw Media in 2016.