ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson intends to sign with the Chicago Bears on a three-year, $42 million deal barring any last-minute snags when free agency opens Wednesday, he told ESPN’s Josina Anderson late Monday night.
ESPN Former Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Sammy Watkins intends to sign a three-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs when free agency opens on Wednesday, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The first two big wide receiver dominoes of NFL free agency have dropped, as Sammy Watkins signed with the Kansas City Chiefs and Allen Robinson signed with the Chicago Bears, which is interesting because both of these signings come with major similarities.
The Kansas City Chiefs ran have been running an extremely limited downfield passing offense with Alex Smith and his limited arm under center, but with huge armed Patrick Mahomes taking over as starting quarterback, the Chiefs needed another downfield threat who can make big plays in the passing game and they get one by signing Sammy Watkins. With Sammy Watkins and Tyreke Hill running deep routes, and Patrick Mahomes launching the ball downfield, expect a much more vertical offense in 2018.
The Chicago Bears ran a extremely vanilla offense in 2017 when rookie Mitch Tribusky was inserted as the starting quarterback, but some of that was due to the fact that essentially all of their wide receivers were out with season ending injuries after losing Alshon Jeffery in free agency, Mitch Tribusky spent nearly the entire 2017 season throwing screen passes. By adding a big bodied wide receiver in Allen Robinson, it’s a sign that the Bears will allow Tribusky to throw the ball downfield in 2018, and we are very thankful because watching him throw checkdowns every single play was boring as hell last season.
These signings are clear signs that the Bears and the Chiefs will be going vertical in 2018.