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Here's where Allen Robinson ranks among players who deserve new contracts

Here's where Allen Robinson ranks among players who deserve new contracts

Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson proved he's worth every penny of the three-year, $42 million deal Ryan Pace signed him to in 2018. The question that now presents itself to the Bears organization is whether Robinson's earned a mega, multi-year second contract with the club.

Bears fans certainly think the answer is yes, and according to a recent NFL.com ranking of the top 10 players most deserving of a new contract, Pace better be ready to pay up.

Robinson checks in at No. 8.

Robinson is the only player I'm looking at for this article who is seeking a third contract, as he's entering the final year of a three-season deal with the Bears. His average of $14 million dollars over each of the past three seasons ranks 14th at the position, per Over The Cap, which is a higher ranking than my projection -- but even so, he's likely undervalued. How? Only 64.9 percent of Robinson's career targets have been catchable, the fifth-lowest rate among the 82 receivers with 250-plus targets since 2014, per PFF. In other words, QB play has been a limiting factor for a receiver who's spent his career catching passes from Blake Bortles and Mitchell Trubisky. 

It's pretty incredible Robinson's managed to be so productive despite being victimized by such terrible quarterback play.

Robinson had 98 catches for 1,147 yards and seven touchdowns in 2019. Let that sink in for a minute. Robinson had nearly 100 catches and came close to 1,200 yards while playing through Mitch Trubisky's regression and no running game to take any of the defense's attention away from him. Yet, he still played at a WR1 level.

The Bears are playing with fire if they don't extend Robinson before the season starts. If he produces at or near the same level he did in 2019, his services will be in high demand. And with wide receiver annual salaries ballooning near $20 million, Chicago will have a hard time keeping him in town.

Jay Cutler's Instagram page deleted, leaving Bears fans without fun follow

Jay Cutler's Instagram page deleted, leaving Bears fans without fun follow

Bad news for Bears fans who like to keep up with their former QBs. It appears Jay Cutler has deleted his instagram.

Hat tip to Adam Rank for being the first sleuth on the story:

But we can’t take Rank’s word for it, we need to confirm this ourselves.

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When searching Cutler’s old handle @ifjayhadinstagram, nothing comes up. Plugging in an old URL to one of his photos returns a “page does not exist” error. Ok, no need to freak out. Maybe he deleted some pics and renamed his account?

Naturally the first move is typing “jay cutler” into the search bar, and upon first glance it looks like he simply changed his name. There it is: @jaycutler with a blue check mark and everything. But the description is a little weird, “Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler”... and is he using a shot of a wrestler as his profile pic?

Nope, turns out it’s another athlete with the same name, this one a bodybuilder.

Very cool content, but not what we’re looking for.

Digging deeper we can find a new account called @ifjayhadtinder but it’s just filled with memes and low-brow jokes… clearly not the real deal. Sadly, after that there’s a long list of fan pages and joke accounts, but nothing that’s No. 6 himself.

People around the world fell in love with Cutler’s Instagram page as he embarked on a weeks-long quest to capture a raccoon that was terrorizing the chickens on his ranch. He also became a top-notch thirst trap for single Bears fans, once he took control of his account and announced his split with Kristin Cavallari.

But now the worst is feared to be true. Cutler has left Instagram, leaving us all to wonder what he’s up to on his ranch.


RELATED: ESPN thinks two Bears players have good odds of making the NFL Hall of Fame

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ESPN thinks two Bears players have good odds of making the NFL Hall of Fame

ESPN thinks two Bears players have good odds of making the NFL Hall of Fame

When ESPN publishes sweeping pieces that compare all 32 NFL teams, it's usually – pardon my expression – bad news for the Bears. 

There were the QB rankings, and the offensive rankings, and the future outlook, and the offseason grades; whatever the topic is, things usually don't end well for Chicago. But not today Bears fans. Not today. 

Today, ESPN's Bill Barnwell published a piece titled 'Projecting future Hall of Famers for all 32 NFL teams.' It's a fun look at every team's best players, and for once, it doesn't have to be a hate-read for Bears fans. 

First up, obviously, is Khalil Mack. Barnwell lists Mack in the 'likely' range, giving the edge rusher a 70-99% chance of heading to Canton: 

He has made five consecutive Pro Bowls and has three first-team All-Pro nods to go with his Defensive Player of the Year trophy from 2016. He has been one of the five best players at the second-most lucrative position in football over the past five years, and the fact that he was traded for two first-round picks and then delivered a wildly successful season with all of that attention in 2018 helps him. He probably needs two more All-Pro seasons to finalize his case.

Fair enough. Next up is Eddie Jackson (!!), who Barnwell says is "in the running" (40% to 69%): 

A starter from Day 1, Jackson was a first-team All-Pro while leading the league in interceptions in 2018. Jackson and teammate Kyle Fuller both slipped last season, but each earned Pro Bowl nods, and that's going to matter more to voters 15 years from now than how either player actually performed in 2019. The reason Jackson is in this section and Fuller's in the next group is that Jackson has made two Pro Bowls in three seasons, while Fuller has two across six years.

The last two cases Barnwell examines are Fuller and Jimmy Graham, with the irony of the later being *chefs kiss.* He ultimately goes against putting Graham in, noting that, "[Graham's] peak is Hall of Fame-worthy -- he has two of the three best seasons in fantasy football history by a tight end -- but it really only lasted four seasons." 

So there you have it. Anytime you read another article about how abysmal the Bears' offense is, just remind yourself that it's happening during an era where the defense has 2-3 Hall Of Fame caliber players! That helps right?