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The Bear’s Den, July 16, 2021

Well, now we know about Allen Robinson’s contract (or lack thereof)

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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What Can Tight End Stats Tell Us About Cole Kmet’s Rookie Season? - On Tap Sports Net - How Cole Kmet’s rookie season with the Bears compares to other recently drafted tight ends and some theories on where he can improve.

Allen Robinson Was Reportedly Seeking a Contract Worth $20M Per Year - Bleacher Nation - Allen Robinson didn’t get an extension, and it seems as if his camp and the Bears were way off when it came to contract dollars.

2021 Chicago Bears defensive backs preview: Eddie Jackson, Jaylon Johnson, Tashaun Gipson Sr. - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears return three-fourths of their starting secondary in 2021, in veteran safeties Eddie Jackson and Tashaun Gipson Sr. and promising second-year cornerback Jaylon Johnson.

Examining NFL’s new sack statistics, Chicago Bears kickoff returner in 2021, Khyiris Tonga expectations - Chalk Talk - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses how the addition of sack stats dating back to 1960 impacts Bears players, potential candidates for the kickoff return position and expectations for rookie seventh-round nose tackle Khyiris Tonga.

Training Camp Player to Watch: Special Teams - Da Bears Blog - We know who the kicker and punter will be in 2021. We know Tarik Cohen will be back on punt returns, especially with Damien Williams brought in to lighten his offensive load. It is impossible to analyze who’ll handle Patterson’s “defending” roles, as those spots are often the byproduct of roster decisions to come later in the summer.

Bears fan who was shot used Justin Fields as inspiration - 670 The Score - A diehard Bears fan who was recently shot and seriously wounded had a simple thought running through his mind as he fought for his life – “I can’t die before seeing Justin Fields take the field.”

Deadline passes with Robinson, Bears never close on deal - 670 The Score - The deadline for star receiver Allen Robinson and the Bears to reach a long-term contract extension officially passed Thursday at 3 p.m. CT. He’ll earn around $18 million on the franchise tag in 2021.

Bears, WR Allen Robinson let deadline pass without long-term deal - Chicago Sun-Times - Predictably, the deadline for Robinson and the Bears to negotiate a long-term extension came and went Thursday afternoon with no action. He’ll play under the franchise tag.

Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears can’t reach deal - Chicago Tribune - The deadline for the Chicago Bears to sign receiver Allen Robinson to a long-term extension passed Thursday at 3 p.m., leaving Robinson to play the 2021 season under the franchise tag.

Countdown to Camp 2021: Chicago Bears Safety Preview - The Chicago Audible - In this episode, the guys provide a complete preview of the Chicago Bears safeties heading into 2021 training camp.

Bears WR Allen Robinson will play out 2021 season on franchise tag - Bears Wire - Bears WR Allen Robinson will play out the 2021 season on the franchise tag after both sides failed to come to terms on a contract extension.

How Justin Fields can beat out Andy Dalton for Bears’ starting QB job - Bears Wire - While Andy Dalton has been named the Bears’ starting QB, Albert Breer believes Justin Fields could win it with a strong preseason showing.

How Allen Robinson’s franchise tag affects Bears salary cap in 2021 - Bears Wire - WR Allen Robinson is expected to play the 2021 season under the franchise tag. Here’s how that affects the Bears’ salary cap.

Bears, Allen Robinson fail to reach franchise tag extension - RSN - The franchise tag extension deadline passed Thursday, and the Bears did not sign their No. 1 WR to a new contract.

POLISH SAUSAGE

10 teams have at least 85 percent of players vaccinated - ProFootballTalk - Add another team to the list of those meeting the NFL’s 85 percent threshold for vaccinated players.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

AJ Hawk on Aaron Rodgers: “I still feel like he’s going to be in Green Bay.” - Acme Packing Company - After spending a week with Aaron Rodgers golfing, throwing footballs and being on the water, Rodgers’ former teammate speaks his thoughts on the situation.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Justin Fields Film Breakdown - Windy City Gridiron - The latest video breakdown from Brett Kollmann is a must watch for all Bears fans, as he spotlights the good from Justin Fields and has a message for the lazy analysts that shared their B.S. thoughts on Fields.

The Alex Obringer Podcast: NFL Off-Season Recap - Windy City Gridiron - Episodes 2 and 3 of The Alex Obringer Podcast released onto Spotify is breaking down the NFC and AFC.

Sunderbruch: The Ryan Pace Bracket Challenge - Management 2 vs 7 - Windy City Gridiron - The offseason series continues, this time looking at defensive difference makers and wide receivers. How do the best and worst moves of Chicago’s GMs compare?

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