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Allen Robinson’s tenure with Bears likely over

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Penn State product Allen Robinson has become one of the NFL’s best wide receivers, and he’ll likely be heading to a new team after spending three seasons with the Chicago Bears.

Robinson and the Bears saw their season come to an end with Sunday’s 21-9 loss to the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the NFC playoffs. Robinson had six catches for 55 yards and was targeted seven times.

In the regular season, Robinson established career a high with 102 receptions for 1,250 yards and had six TDs.

The 27-year-old is now an unrestricted free agent, and he is expected to command a high price this offseason.

Robinson just completed a three-year, $42 million contract with the Bears. Contract negotiations with Chicago fell through during the season, and most NFL insiders believe the receiver will be finding a new home.

Pro Football Focus rates Robinson as the No. 3 free agent available. Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is No. 1, and former PSU standout Chris Godwin is No. 2.

Here’s what Pro Football Focus had to say about Robinson:

It’s impossible not to feel a little bit sorry for Allen Robinson II given the quarterback situations he has dealt with dating back to at least high school. He may have chosen his latest nightmare in Chicago, but the combination of Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles did not encourage much success, yet Robinson continually excels.

Contract Analysis: Robinson could close his eyes and throw a dart at a U.S. map, and he’ll end up with a better quarterback at his new destination. He’s another franchise-tag candidate, but Chicago’s current salary cap nightmare could make fitting $18 million (Robinson’s minimum tag) in 2021 borderline impossible.

Prediction: Dolphins sign Robinson for four years, $84 million ($21M APY): $52.5 million total guaranteed, $35 million fully guaranteed at signing.

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Robinson was a second-round draft pick of the Jaguars in 2014. He spent his first four seasons with Jacksonville, enjoying a breakout season in 2015 with 80 catches for 1,400 yards and 14 TDs.

As for Godwin, he had a rough night in the Buccaneers’ playoff win over Washington on Saturday, dropping four passes. Still, Godwin will get a big payday this offseason.

This is Pro Football Focus on Godwin:

Prediction: Buccaneers franchise tag Godwin for 2021, and a deal is not reached before the season starts.

Otherwise: Buccaneers sign Godwin for five years, $110 million ($22 million APY): $65 million total guaranteed, $45 million fully guaranteed at signing.

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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