Eagles may be able to land Allen Robinson for a discount if interested

Allen Robinson II #12, Chicago Bears (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
Allen Robinson II #12, Chicago Bears (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /

As we approach the month of March, the Philadelphia Eagles and the rest of the NFL continue to remind us that it’s time to do away with the term ‘offseason’. We might be able to apply that to a few weeks where players and coaches hang out with their families in the summer before training camp gets underway, but other than that, you won’t find many breaks.

March means the NFL Scouting Combine and the free-agency frenzy approach. Then, we’re talking about Pro Days, the NFL Draft, and rookie minicamps. You get the idea.

Another combine, many fans’ favorite part of the pre-draft process, means we think about guys both past and present, and how about 2014’s version huh? There were future NFL stars everywhere, especially at the wide receiver position. We’re talking about guys like Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Davante Adams, and Allen Robinson.

Whenever you discuss those guys, words like All-Pro and Hall of Fame come up. Robinson’s had a rough go as of late though, and while much of that isn’t his fault, the knowledge of what’s taken place during his time in Chicago with the Bears could mean teams like the Eagles could land him at a discount.

The Eagles need to take a serious look at Allen Robinson.

The wide receiver position is called dependent for a reason. Regardless of how good you are, you aren’t going to get much done if your team can’t get the ball to you. Despite how you value or rank Jalen Hurts, you can make the argument that Robinson hasn’t consistently had anyone that’s as talented as Philly’s QB1 to toss him the ball for as long as he’s been in the NFL.

That might be saying a mouthful. Just take a moment and look at some of the names though. There have been a few stand-ins and fill-ins, but these are the only quarterbacks who have targeted Allen Robinson more than 50 times during his career: Blake Bortles, Nick Foles, and Mitchell Trubisky. That’s it. That’s the list.

You know how we all feel about Nick, but even when he was clicking, he wasn’t seen as being on par with what Adams has had (Aaron Rodgers) or the brilliance that Sammy Watkins had from the quarterback position from 2018 to 2020 (Patrick Mahomes).

Somehow, even with the deck stacked against him, Robinson has proven that he’s one of the best wide receivers in the game. He was the co-leader for receiving touchdowns in 2015. He made the Pro Bowl that season. He should have made the Pro Bowl in 2019 and 2020, but he was snubbed.

His most recent run with the Bears was his worst. We’re throwing out 2017, where he appeared in one game, caught one pass, and wound up on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ injury reserve after tearing his ACL of course. Still, unfortunately for Allen, his most recent slump came at a bad time.

The 2021-2022 NFL campaign was also a contract season in which he played under the franchise tag, battled a hamstring issue, and endured a mini-Bears quarterback controversy featuring Justin Fields and Andy Dalton. Matt Nagy didn’t really do a great job of getting him involved.

It may feel like, for whatever reason, that Robinson is older than Mike Evans, Davante Adams, and OBJ, but he isn’t. He’s 28 years old and has productive time left. He just needs to be in a better situation, a la Mathew Stafford. Could the Eagles be among the interested parties?

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Their road potentially intersecting with Robinson’s comes at a good time. Philly needs another go-to guy at the position. Robinson has that ability, and it’s as decent an alternative as trading for someone like Mike Williams or Calvin Ridley.

We’re on record. We’re of the belief that this is, at minimum, worth considering, but it’s up to Howie Roseman and the Eagles brass if they pull the trigger. We’ll see if they show any interest in the coming weeks.