The Bears are reportedly about to make a big free-agent splash.
According to multiple reports, the Bears are set to sign free-agent wide receiver Allen Robinson to a three-year deal when free agency begins Wednesday.
Robinson, a Penn State product who spent his first four seasons as a pro with the Jacksonville Jaguars, missed all of last season after tearing his ACL in Week 1.
But his first three years in the NFL saw some impressive numbers: He caught a combined 201 passes for 2,831 yards and 22 touchdowns. In 2015, he led the NFL with 14 touchdown receptions and made the Pro Bowl.
Robinson would give Mitch Trubisky a legitimate top target as the quarterback continues his development after his rookie year last season. The Bears are also expected to have Cameron Meredith and Kevin White back from injury after both receivers missed nearly the entirety of the 2017 season. Robinson, too, missed almost all of 2017, meaning those three wideouts will enter 2018 with a combined three catches in the last calendar year.
But there's no doubt that Robinson would be a huge upgrade. The Bears were last in the NFL in receiving offense in 2017, with just 192.8 yards per game. They were also the league's worst passing offense, with 176 net passing yards per game.
Chris Bleck, Sam Panayotovich and Jay Cohen join David Kaplan on the panel.
0:00- Eddy Pineiro wins the Bears kicker battle, but the war is far from over. Will he still be the kicker for Week 1?
6:00- Pro Football Focus says Mitch Trubisky is the 26th-best QB entering the season. Kap would like a word.
9:30- The guy discuss the Bears's punishment to Kyle Long for his practice fights and look back at life and career of Cedric Benson.
16:00- A trip to the Little League World Series did wonders for the Cubs. So after winning the last two on their road trip, are they back?
20:00- Jose Quintana has been on fire of late. Is he the Cubs' ace?
24:00- Eloy Jimenez leads AL rookies in home runs. With Vlad Jr. out, can he win the rookie of the year? Plus the guys discuss Dylan Cease's struggles and another big weekend for Luis Robert in Charlotte.
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No one denies that Mitchell Trubisky needs to continue developing as a quarterback to take the Bears to the next level.
What’s up for debate is how much he needs to improve, and the question will linger well into the 2019 season.
Pro Football Focus ranked all 32 quarterbacks entering the regular season, and they see the Bears quarterback with a lot of work to do.
Trubisky came in 26th, part of analyst Steve Palazzolo’s “Tier 4” of quarterbacks.
“There’s a disconnect between Trubisky’s statistical output and his throw-by-throw performance last season,” Palazzolo wrote. “In order to take the next step, Trubisky must improve his accuracy at 10-plus yards down the field and lower his percentage of uncatchable passes that ranked 31st out of 35 qualifiers.”
PFF did highlight his NFL-best rushing grade among quarterbacks and the value added from Matt Nagy’s offensive system.
But their snap-by-snap grading shows Trubisky needs to be more consistent with this throws, which Palazzolo believes is crucial for the Bears to sustain their success.