That includes Bears fans, who are craving a new cast of talented receivers, and Robinson addressed Chicago as a potential destination Monday when he was a guest on SiriusXM's Mad Dog Sports Radio with host Adam Schein. He had 73 catches for 883 yards and six touchdowns in 2016.
Robinson has great size for the outside and go-up-and-get-it abilities, a skill set the Bears sorely lacked last season after Alshon Jeffery left in free agency. Meredith is a restricted free agent. Robinson is considered one of the best receivers in recent seasons to hit the open market because players of his caliber and age are usually kept via the franchise tag.More news: Katy Perry Surprises 'American Idol' Contestant with First Kiss
He suffered a season-ending torn ACL and sprained MCL in his left knee in the third preseason game previous year but is expected to be on the field when training camp begins. The lowest-level tender comes with original-round, draft-pick compensation; but since all three were undrafted rookies, the Bears would receive nothing if they leave. His per-catch average also dropped by 5.4 yards from 2015 to 2016.
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Robinson's addition will be a major upgrade to a Bears receiving corps which finished dead-last in the league in both receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. But the expectations will be high considering his contract and potential. White and Wheaton were busts, Eddie Royal didn't pan out and neither did Cruz.
But the guy who should've been the Bears' first priority is Sammy Watkins because he would've given the Bears something they don't have: A receiver with separation speed. Now we wait to see if Robinson can play like it.More news: Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY) Price Target Raised to $68.00