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Allen Robinson’s 3 Best Free Agent Fits

  • Justin Melo
  • March 8, 2022
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Impending unrestricted free agent Allen Robinson may be the best wide receiver available on the open market. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are reportedly working toward an extension with Chris Godwin and Green Bay Packers superstar pass-catcher Davante Adams is expected to receive the franchise tag before Tuesday’s afternoon deadline. That leaves the likes of Robinson and Mike Williams as the elite receivers currently set to potentially reach the market, and Robinson is much likelier to actually depart his current team of the two.

Robinson experienced an incredibly strange season with the Chicago Bears in 2021. Robinson failed to showcase the necessary chemistry with Andy Dalton and Justin Fields, both of which started a ton of games under center for the Bears this past season. It led to the worst showing of Robinson’s professional career, as the former Penn State standout managed just 38 receptions for a meddling 410 receiving yards and one touchdown.

Robinson is now primed to reach free agency, and he’ll search for a fresh start with a more desirable quarterback situation. Robinson has consistently proven himself as a WR1, and he’s still expected to land a sizable and lucrative contract despite his recent struggles in Chicago.

We’ve identified three teams that qualify as especially good fits for Robinson’s services.

CLEVELAND BROWNS

The highly-publicized midseason departure of Odell Beckham Jr. left the Browns with a gaping hole in the passing game. Cleveland struggled to move the ball through the air in 2021 while averaging just 195.3 passing yards per contest. Only five teams managed worse totals, and all five of them either started rookies or dealt with injuries to their starting signal-callers. General manager Andrew Berry must spend the offseason retooling, revamping, and improving Cleveland’s passing attack. Berry began laying down the building blocks by franchise tagging tight end David Njoku on Monday, but more work is required, particularly at the receiver position.

Rashard “Hollywood” Higgins is set to reach free agency and his career never truly launched in Cleveland. Donovan Peoples-Jones and Anthony Schwartz are specialized depth pieces at best. Jarvis Landry remains an effective slot receiver, but the Browns must attract two high-quality starters on the boundary. Baker Mayfield would greatly benefit from the services of a target hog on the outside. Mayfield is entering the ever-critical fifth and final season of his rookie contract, and the Browns must do a better job setting him up for success this coming season. The Browns possess the cap space necessary (more than $19 million) to aggressively pursue Robinson in free agency.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

The Colts are still working through the future of their quarterbacking position following Carson Wentz’s disappointing campaign in 2021. Indianapolis needs to field a better group of pass-catchers next season regardless of who’s under center.

Michael Pittman Jr. is developing into a legitimate high-end receiver, but general manager Chris Ballard must appropriately address the position opposite him. Aging veteran T.Y. Hilton is an impending unrestricted free agent and his prime years are certainly behind him. It would be strange to witness Hilton play for another franchise in 2022, but his situation appears to be headed in that direction. Zach Pascal is also a free agent and although he may return, he’s best suited to serve as a complimentary third receiver. Parris Campbell has consistently battled various injuries throughout his career and the Colts must come up with a better plan than one that relies on Campbell to stay healthy.

Ballard enters free agency with a plethora of financial freedom ($41.7 million) at his willing disposal. The often frugal Ballard must travel outside of his comfort zone and improve a Colts roster that disappointingly missed the postseason in 2021 by applying his financial resources in free agency. The Colts are a run-first team with Jonathan Taylor, but their passing attack must take steps forward after averaging just 197.7 yards per contest. Robinson would slot in beautifully opposite Pittman.

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS

Commanders general manager Martin Mayhew has several interesting decisions to make in the coming months. Washington appears primed to select a new franchise quarterback with the 11th overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft. Bridge-starter-to-be Ryan Fitzpatrick suffered a serious hip injury during Week 1 in 2021 and Taylor Heinicke failed to prove worthy of becoming the team’s long-term starter. Malik Willis, Desmond Ridder, and Kenny Pickett will be in play for the Commanders when they come on the clock in April.

Regardless of who starts at quarterback for Washington next season, Mayhew must place that signal-caller in an environment that promotes the potential for immediate success, especially so if it’s a rookie signal-caller. Terry McLaurin is an excellent and legitimate No. 1 receiver, but the Commanders have struggled to surround him with similar talents in recent years. Last year’s offseason signing of Curtis Samuel backfired in a major way, and Adam Humpries will become an unrestricted free agent unless the two sides reach a deal in the coming days.

Adding Robinson would quickly turn what’s felt like a perennial weakness into a strength while giving the team one of the more formidable duos on the outside across the NFL.