Allen Robinson, Bears haven't had contract talks since September as tag deadline approaches

Allen Robinson has repeatedly said everything is on the table regarding his future in Chicago or elsewhere.

Last week in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio, the Bears receiver said there was an "open line of communication" with the club but noted that sides hadn't spoken for "some time."

That some time is apparently months.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday on NFL NOW that no talks on a long-term contract extension between the Bears and Robinson have taken place since September.

"That would certainly seem to bring the (franchise) tag into play," Pelissero noted. "Whether it is the Bears to try to do an extension, whether it is setting up Robinson to play on the tag, or maybe even a tag-and-trade scenario."

Robinson has generated 1,147 yards and 1,250 yards in the past two years in Chicago, respectively, with 13 total TDs. He did that despite shoddy QB play.

Last season, Robinson generated 1,250 of the Bears' 3,925 total passing yards, more than 31 percent. It's not hyperbole to suggest that the Bears' passing offense would have been the worst in the league without Robinson the past three seasons.

A reliable weapon who can get open versus every coverage, can win on the outside or over the middle, and is a load for corners in the red zone deserves a pay raise. He hasn't yet received one in Chicago.

"At this point, I'd pretty much be open to everything on the table," Robinson said on SiriusXM NFL Radio last Thursday. "I'm not 100 percent sure what will happen in the next coming weeks as far as being a free agent and things like that, but as everything stands today, I definitely will open to everything on the table."

The franchise tag window opens on Feb. 23 and runs through March 9. Unless extension talks progress quickly with Robinson, he is a candidate to get slapped with that tag before the window closes.

Robinson isn't the only receiver who could end up getting tagged in the coming weeks.

Chris Godwin is expected to get tagged if the Bucs can't come to a long-term solution before March 9.

Other big-names receivers like Kenny Golladay, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Will Fuller are among those also headed toward free agency if their teams don't utilize the franchise tag.

Franchise tag figures are based on the 2021 salary cap, which is not yet set. Given the current projections, the tender for WRs is expected to be between $16-17 million.

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