Following the Allen Robinson extension saga has been a trip.
But all trips come to an end. And for the two sides negotiating this deal, a conclusion could be reached before Week 2 of the NFL season kicks off:
After a tumultuous week that saw Allen Robinson delete references to his team on social media, the #Bears & the star WR resumed contract talks, sources say. There is still a significant gap to close to finish it before kickoff but the #ExtendAR movement of support gains momentum.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 19, 2020
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport tweets contract talks have resumed between the Bears and Robinson. And while there is still work to be done, momentum is growing to the point where it’s not out of the question that it could even get done before kickoff. Hooray for progress!
We witnessed Dalvin Cook, Alvin Kamara, and Cooper Kupp reach extensions with their respective teams before Week 1. Perhaps Robinson is next.
This week in football started with Robinson removing Bears images and references on his social media accounts. The saga only grew when reports of Robinson being frustrated with the state of talks surfaced. And things took a turn when reports of Robinson asking about a trade (which were later rebuffed) came to light. Robinson has since brought some clarity to the situation. Meanwhile, recent reports have indicated where the two sides are apart in their negotiations.
I’m unsure if this deal gets done before tomorrow’s kickoff against the Giants. However, it’s good to see signs of life that progress toward a deal is happening. Now get it done, for crying out loud!