Allen Robinson reportedly will sign with Bears

Allen Robinson reportedly will sign with Bears

He is coming off a torn left ACL suffered on the third offensive play of the 2017 season opener at Houston.

Robinson will walk into an immediate No. 1 role with the Bears, who are now project to start Robinson and Kevin White on the perimeter, with Cameron Meredith in the slot. Last week, they elected not to franchise him, which would've been worth roughly $16 million. The Bears also are interested in receiver Albert Wilson.

Robinson, who the Jaguars drafted in 2014, has 202 catches for 2,848 yards and 22 touchdowns in 43 games.

Note: the restricted free agency period ends on April 20. An accrued season is one in which the player is on a team's active roster for at least six games. But he has been one of the Bears' top special-teams players in his three seasons with the Bears, and his production as a pass catcher has crept up in each season.

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Allen Robinson is the cream of the crop when it comes to free-agent wide receivers, so many teams and their fans will be eagerly awaiting his decision this week as negotiating begins. He started six games in the slot a year ago when the Bears opened in nickel defense.

The Chicago Tribune reported late Monday evening that the Bears - seeking a major upgrade at the position - considered Sammy Watkins of the Los Angeles Rams to be the top available wideout in free agency, but they've been rumored to have interest in Robinson for weeks. This is a vulnerable spot for them but the team has a ton of cap space and could be letting him set his own market.

The Bears won't tender long snapper Patrick Scales, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Andrew DePaola was the Bears' long-snapper past year but is unrestricted.