A popular and productive wide receiver just cashed in with a huge extension.
No, not that one:
— NFL (@NFL) September 5, 2020
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reports Chargers receiver Keenan Allen is getting a four-year extension worth $80 million. Allen, 28, has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last three seasons. During that stretch, Allen has averaged 101 catches, 1,262 receiving yards, and six touchdowns over 48 games.
Allen’s extension is the latest big-money expenditure for the Chargers, who signed pass-rusher Joey Bosa to a mega-deal earlier in the offseason. But unlike the Bosa deal, the Allen deal directly impacts a marketplace the Bears are considered to be shopping in at the moment.
It’s September 5 and Allen Robinson still doesn’t have an extension. At this point, I can imagine Robinson’s asking price has only gone up since the start of the new year. Seeing Allen and Amari Cooper sign their contracts should make Robinson’s agents thrilled. At minimum, Robinson’s representation should be negotiating from a place of strength in lieu of the deals that have gone out.
The Bears have made it a habit to reward their own with late-summer extensions. But that time of year is here and there is no sign of a Robinson extension being on the horizon. Stay tuned…