The apparent truce between wide receiver Allen Robinson and Bears management did not quiet teammates calling for general manager Ryan Pace to sign him to an extension.
As Robinson continues to play on an expiring contract, something he said won’t be a distraction, the locker room is on his side.
“He’s deserving of an extension,” said running back Tarik Cohen, who is looking for one as well. “He exemplifies the meaning of being a teammate. On and off the field, he’s a great leader in our locker room.
“The team just wouldn’t be the same without him. So I feel like it’s that fair to get this deal done.”
The Bears signed Robinson for three years, $42 million in 2018, and he has delivered. He leads the team in yards from scrimmage (1,985) and touchdowns (11, tying him with Cohen) since his arrival.
Cohen is among several players who have voiced support for Robinson on Twitter or in interviews this week after Robinson scrubbed his social media accounts of Bears-related material and, a source said, floated the idea of a trade but stopped short of formally requesting one.
Quarterback Mitch Trubisky said the team has “got to get that done” so it doesn’t lose its best offensive player.
“Allen is just so reliable,” Trubisky said. “You can go to him in any situation. And the thing about him is when he’s not open, he’s still open. So just put it in his area and he’ll go make a play.”
Despite a rough season by Trubisky and the Bears’ overall struggles offensively, Robinson was seventh in the NFL in receptions (98), 14th in yards receiving (1,147) and 16th in touchdown catches. He caught five passes for 74 yards in the Bears’ opener against the Lions.