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The Bear’s Den, March 10, 2021

Allen Robinson got tagged, whether he liked it or not. Leaning towards not on this one.

NFL: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson (12) is tackled by Green Bay Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (21) and cornerback Tramon Williams (38) during the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Ken’s Note: This one is for the Cheeseheads who were convinced Allen Robinson was going to be a Packer in 2021.

BEARRRSSSS

Chicago Bears Put Franchise Tag on Allen Robinson - Sports Illustrated - Allen Robinson has received the franchise free agent tag from the Chicago Bears and will either have to play for $18 million with the same team, be traded or agree to a new long-term deal.

What’s next for Allen Robinson, Bears after franchise tag? - 670 The Score - The Bears on Tuesday placed the franchise tag on star receiver Allen Robinson. After the Bears crossed one priority off their list, what’s next for both sides this offseason?

Bears place franchise tag on star WR Allen Robinson - 670 The Score - The Bears placed the franchise tag on star receiver Allen Robinson, according to reports Tuesday. It’s a decision that had been anticipated by Robinson’s side. The two parties now have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal.

Former Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long returning to NFL - 670 The Score - Former Bears offensive lineman and three-time Pro Bowl selection Kyle Long is returning to the NFL after a year away from the game, his brother Chris Long and podcast co-host Macon Gunter revealed on Twitter on Tuesday.

Former Bears OL Kyle Long seeks return to NFL after 1 year of retirement - Chicago Sun-Times - After seven seasons, Long is eager to give it another shot as a free agent.

Bears put franchise tag on pending free agent WR Allen Robinson - Chicago Sun-Times - The move doesn’t finalize Robinson’s status with the team, but it does prevent him from testing the open market as an unrestricted free agent.

Russell Wilson to the Bears? More smoke as Seahawks omit him from letter to fans - Chicago Sun-Times - The letter highlights reasons to be excited about the Seahawks in 2021 and mentions several players by name, but leaves out Wilson.

Allen Robinson: What's next for Chicago Bears after franchise tag? - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace made the most practical move when he applied the franchise tag to top receiver Allen Robinson. Now it's all about how the sides handle their business with each other during talks about a longer-term extension.

Chicago Bears: What they saw at Northwestern pro day - Chicago Tribune - Rashawn Slater attracted a big crowd of NFL personnel at Ryan Fieldhouse for Northwestern's pro day, with the Chicago Bears being represented by general manager Ryan Pace, coach Matt Nagy and offensive line coach Juan Castillo.

Allen Robinson: Chicago Bears use franchise tag on receiver - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears have used the franchise tag on wide receiver Allen Robinson.

Kyle Long: Is former Chicago Bears lineman ending retirement? - Chicago Tribune - About 14 months after former Chicago Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long announced his retirement on Twitter, he could be making a return to the NFL.

The Bears used the franchise tag on Allen Robinson, who doesn't want it. What now? – The Athletic - The Bears used their franchise tag on a player who has been quite public about not wanting it. What's next in this contract stalemate?

Reports: Allen Robinson franchise tagged by Bears, Ryan Pace - RSN - The Bears' decision on the franchise tag and Allen Robinson came just before the deadline.

Like Dak Prescott, patience can pay off for franchise-tagged Allen Robinson - RSN - The Bears placed their 2021 franchise tag on Allen Robinson on Tuesday, and the star receiver can look to Dak Prescott as an example of how patience can pay off.

Bobby Massie Sounds A Bit Salty About Bears Releasing Him - Sports Mockery - Bobby Massie had a solid run for the Chicago Bears. While he understands it’s a business, he still seems a bit salty it ended the way it did.

Bears, NFL converge to scout Northwestern OT Rashawn Slater - Chicago Sun-Times - He’s expected to be the first Wildcat picked in the first round since defensive end Luis Castillo went No. 28 to the Chargers 16 years ago,

POLISH SAUSAGE

Cowboys franchise tag Dak Prescott - ProFootballTalk - The Cowboys have already locked up Dak Prescott with a four-year, $160 million extension. But the club has exercised a procedural move to protect Prescott in the future.

Report: Buccaneers agree to terms with Lavonte David on two-year extension - ProFootballTalk - The Buccaneers elected to use their franchise tag on wide receiver Chris Godwin, and now they’re signing another pending free agent before he hits the open market.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Kenny Golladay not franchise tagged by Detroit Lions - Pride Of Detroit - It looks like the Lions may be preparing to move on from Kenny Golladay.

10 NFL players get franchise tags - ProFootballTalk - The deadline for NFL teams to use the franchise tag has passed, and 10 players got tagged this year.

Vikings release K Dan Bailey - Daily Norseman - Again, not a huge surprise

Packers did not use franchise tag on RB Aaron Jones - Acme Packing Company - The deadline has now passed, and the Packers are not using the tag on their star running back.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante: Bears met with Northwestern OL Rashawn Slater - Windy City Gridiron - The projected top-15 draft pick had the chance to meet with the Bears and work with offensive line coach Juan Castillo.

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears use franchise tag on Allen Robinson - Windy City Gridiron - As a last resort, and with no extension in place, the Bears deploy a typical CBA tool to keep their top receiver in the fold.

Superfans: Happy National Meatball Day! - Windy City Gridiron - The meatball is a tasty treat found in nearly all cuisine types and cultures, but it’s also a term of endearment for many of us Chicago Bears fans. Yes, it’s a term of endearment, because if you’re...

Wiltfong: Kyle Long returning to the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - Kyle Long, who was a three-time Pro Bowler with the Chicago Bears, and who retired following the 2019 season, plans to return to the NFL in 2021. The news was first reported by Macon Gunter on...

Leming’s Bears Mailbag: An offseason questionnaire of what lies ahead for a desperate franchise - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears are heading into their most crucial off-season in recent memory. Is there any quick fixes to get them back on track or will it be more disappointment lying ahead?

Salo: The Seahawks Might Not Trade Russell Wilson in 2021 - What About 2022? - Windy City Gridiron - The Seahawks would have to eat a lot of dead money to move quarterback Russell Wilson this offseason. If the Bears struggled in 2021, would that make their trade package for Wilson more competitive next offseason?

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