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Allen Robinson addresses contract negotiations with Bears

Seeking a contract extension, Robinson deleted references to the Bears in his Instagram and Twitter accounts — and had his representatives inquire about a trade if a new deal cannot get done.

Bears receiver Allen Robinson said he expects to finish the season with the team. “We’re in the clear with that,” Robinson said Wednesday.
Bears receiver Allen Robinson said he expects to finish the season with the team. “We’re in the clear with that,” Robinson said Wednesday.
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One day after word leaked that Allen Robinson broached the possibility of being traded as part of negotiating a new deal with the Bears, the receiver met with coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace.

Robinson said he expects to finish the season with the Bears.

“We’re in the clear with that,” Robinson said Wednesday.

Robinson said that “my heart and spirit has never wavered” when it comes to his desire to be one of the best Bears receivers of all time.

Nagy painted the conversation as constructive, and repeatedly pointed out that the Bears have a history of rewarding their own players financially.

“Me and coach Nagy have a great relationship,” he said. “As everybody knows, he’s a big reason as far as me coming to Chicago, just my belief in his spirit and how he brings it each and every day. So we had a very good and spirited conversation. Coach Nagy’s my guy. I’ve enjoyed playing for him. He’s been nothing but a great coach.”

Robinson said he tries to “compartmentalize” Sunday’s game against the Lions away from his contract talks.

“The biggest thing is me focusing on playing, which I’ve been doing,” he said.

Robinson scrubbed his social media accounts of Bears references. Robinson admitted that “took some emotion,” but said he has passion “for the city of Chicago and to put on a Bears uniform.”

Nagy called Robinson a leader, and said the Bears have extended their best players in recent years.

“Our players all realize the history we have here in regards to taking care of guys,” he said.

Quarterback Mitch Trubisky endorsed extending Robinson, who is in the last season of a three-year, $42 million contract. He also, with a smile, endorsed staying off social media. Trubisky doesn’t Tweet during the season, a decision he made before last season.

Some of Robinson’s teammates Tweeted their support for Robinson on Tuesday. Trubisky said the Bears will make sure social-media posts won’t affect their play.

“It may seem like a distraction online or on Twitter ... but we don’t see that on the field,” he said.