Because Ryan Pace once had a knack for it, we found ourselves asking if the Bears would sign any extensions ahead of Sunday’s season-opener. And even though a handful of players stood out as worthy candidates, that Pace failed in extending Allen Robinson II at this time last year – when it was obvious what should be done – leaves a sour taste in my mouth. I’m probably not alone in feeling this way.
But for what it’s worth, the Bears aren’t alone in coming up short in wanting to get some deals done:
Davante Adams on the chances of getting a contract extension done before the season opener, which has been a point where deals have gotten done in the past:
"No. No chance."
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) September 8, 2021
Ah, well, I see the Bears aren’t the only team struggling to come to terms on an agreement with their star pass-catcher.
Adams, 28, is entering the final year of an extension that has seen him put up bonkers numbers. The Packers’ top receiver has averaged 103 catches, 1,252 yards, and 12 touchdowns over the last three seasons. That type of production should result in Adams getting paid. But to this point, a deal hasn’t gone down. Hmm .. this feels awfully familiar.
While it’s easy to draw a basic parallel to Robinson’s situation, there was no point when Chicago’s top target was this open publicly about not getting a deal done. Heck, Robinson left the door open for optimism as recently as July. So, yeah, we’re not talking apples-to-apples here. Throw in Adams’ insistence that Aaron Rodgers’ future would have him doing “some extra thinking” when it comes to sticking around, this situation is worth monitoring. And, sure, Adams did sign an in-season extension at the end of 2017, so it’s not as if things can’t change in the future. But the present moment we’re existing in right now doesn’t seem to offer too much optimism on that front. And that’s fine by me.
Should Adams reach free agency, he’ll have no shortage of suitors. Adams’ former college quarterback is already lurking and ready to strike if the situation arises.