Robinson reportedly set to join Bears


Note: the restricted free agency period ends on April 20.

The Bears, who haven't had a 1,000-yard receiver since 2014, struggled to replace former cornerstone Alshon Jeffery following his departure in free agency.

Robinson represents the first major free agent wide receiver to make his choice on a new team for the season. Best guess is that the Bears would match any reasonable offer sheet, at least for Meredith and Callahan. The Bears may not be done in free agency and/or the draft when it comes to solidifying the wide receiver position. Andrew DePaola served as a replacement and is a free agent.

Meredith, who converted from quarterback to wide receiver halfway through his career at Illinois State, went undrafted in 2015. The second-round tender only costs about $1 million more and would've all but assured the Bears of keeping Meredith, who came out of nowhere to catch 66 of 96 targets for 888 yards and four touchdowns over 14 games in 2016.

Robinson missed virtually all of last season after he suffered a torn ACL in the very first game of the year.

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It's going to be 3 years, $42M with roughly $25M guaranteed. 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. Those numbers were a drop-off from a sensational 2015 campaign, when Robinson had 80 catches for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging 17.5 yards per catch in 16 starts.

Signed last May to a one-year deal, Bradley Sowell proved to be a versatile offensive lineman for the Bears. In 2016, the 5-foot-9, 191-pound Callahan started 10 games, five at nickel and five at corner in the base defense.

Jacksonville wanted to retain Robinson but opted against using the franchise tag on him.

The Bears won't tender long snapper Patrick Scales, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Spoiler alert - not all of them will be back with Chicago in 2018.