Robin­son on deal: I hear noth­ing

Head­ing into last year of con­tract, WR is still await­ing an ex­ten­sion

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - PA­TRICK FIN­LEY pfin­ley@sun­times.com | @patrick­fin­ley

En­ter­ing the last year of his deal, wide re­ceiver Allen Robin­son said this week that nei­ther he nor his agent has heard from the Bears about a con­tract ex­ten­sion.

“We haven’t heard noth­ing,” Robin­son said on ESPN 1000’s “Car­men and Jurko” on Wed­nes­day. “I think just as far as me and my agent, from the con­ver­sa­tions that we’ve had, we’re not nec­es­sar­ily an­tic­i­pat­ing hear­ing any­thing at this point.

“For us, we’re go­ing into camp pre­par­ing our­selves to have a good year. If that comes up, and they reach out to my agent, I’m sure they’ll have pretty good dis­cus­sions and things like that. But, again, that hasn’t hap­pened yet. Maybe it will hap­pen. I can’t pre­dict the fu­ture, so I don’t know if that will hap­pen at all.”

Robin­son and his agent know gen­eral man­ager Ryan Pace tends to cut those deals closer to the reg­u­lar sea­son. Last fall, cen­ter Cody White­hair be­came the fourth Bear in as many years to sign an ex­ten­sion in Septem­ber be­fore the sea­son opener — and the fifth, if you count the Bears’ 2018 trade for line­backer Khalil Mack, who signed a new deal.

Pace ex­tended guard

Kyle Long in

2016, de­fen­sive line­man Akiem

Hicks in 2017 and nose tackle Ed­die Gold­man in 2018. All but Long were, like Robin­son, en­ter­ing the last year of their con­tacts.

Robin­son is finishing up a three-year, $42 mil­lion deal. The Bears could give him the fran­chise tag in 2021 if the sides can’t reach an ex­ten­sion.

Un­cer­tainty about this sea­son doesn’t fa­vor an easy ex­ten­sion. Last month, the NFL’s foot­ball-op­er­a­tions depart­ment said camp was ex­pected to be­gin July 28, with rook­ies al­lowed to re­port sooner. That is less cer­tain now — the Bears have yet to an­nounce a train­ing-camp sched­ule. Robin­son char­ac­ter­ized camp de­tails as “slightly up in the air.”

The NFL and the NFL Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion are still ne­go­ti­at­ing train­ing­camp terms, from opt-out pro­vi­sions to test­ing and safety pro­to­cols to the ex­is­tence of pre­sea­son games. Tex­ans star J.J. Watt tweeted on Thurs­day that he’d par­tic­i­pated in four NFLPA calls over two weeks, and “noth­ing has been agreed upon re­gard­ing what train­ing camp will ac­tu­ally look like.”

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