The 2021 season was a mitigated disaster for Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson. Robinson has been mired in a contract dispute with the Bears, but his statistics this season aren’t going to help him improve his case for a big payday.
Robinson appeared in only 12 games, catching 38 passes for 410 yards and one touchdown. Quarterback play was a big reason for his lack of production, as they were unable to get him the ball to produce. However, that has been the case throughout Robinson’s career and he has been able to overcome it in the past.
Robinson has three seasons of at least 1,147 yards in his career. The leading passers in those teams were Blake Bortles, Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles. So, based on his track record, catching passes from Andy Dalton and rookie Justin Fields wouldn’t negatively impact him. He just didn’t receive his normal allotment of opportunities.
Coming into 2021, Robinson averaged 111.9 targets per season and 9.3 targets per game, which includes 2017 when he tore his ACL after one target in Week 1. In 2021, he received only 66 targets and 5.5 per game.
That diminished role likely hurt the Bears’ offense, as Robinson is one of the best in the business. Just how good is he? According to PFF, Robinson contested-catch maestro. Since 2018, A-Rob leads the NFL with 71 contested catches.
That could be taken as a negative, as some people may see it as he fails to get separation. But, as the No. 1 receiver on some poor teams, it more than likely means that Robinson was bailing out underwhelming quarterback play.
Entering free agency off a down season, Allen Robinson may not get the contract that he was hoping for. But, whichever team does land him could be getting one of the biggest bargains of the offseason as Robinson has proven he can be a top wide receiver in the league when provided the opportunity.