Robinson (knee), who is signing a three-year, $42 million contract with the Bears, said he doesn't expect to start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
After tearing his ACL in Week 1 last season, Robinson will be 10.5 months removed from the initial injury when the Bears start training camp in late July. He's already progressed to some sprinting and explosive jumps, but it's probably still safe to assume he'll be limited or absent throughout offseason workouts, OTAs and minicamp. Robinson profiles as the No. 1 threat in a receiving corps that also added Taylor Gabriel and tight end Trey Burton earlier this week, while the status of restricted free agent Cameron Meredith -- who's recovering from his own ACL tear -- remains up in the air. 2015 first-round pick Kevin White (shoulder) is expected to get another shot, but he shouldn't be a real threat to Robinson's top-dog status. The real concern is Robinson's rehab process, along with the possibility the Bears continue to lean on their running game.
Robinson (knee) intends to sign with the Bears when free agency opens Wednesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Robinson's 2017 season was cut short almost as soon as it began when he tore his ACL In Week 1, but the setback did not prevent him from drawing heavy interest in free agency, and he appears headed to Chicago after four years in Jacksonville. Robinson's signing won't be official until Wednesday, but if he ends with the Bears he would immediately become the top receiver for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
Robinson will hit free agency when the league year opens March 14 unless he's able to work out a contract with the Jaguars before that time. The team presumably doesn't want to take the chance that Robinson would simply view the franchise tag -- estimated at $16 million for wideouts -- as a player-friendly, prove-it deal while bouncing back from a torn ACL. The Jaguars likely still have interest in signing him to a cheaper one-year contract or even a multi-year pact that would keep his 2018 camp number far below $16 million. Should he ultimately hit the open market, Robinson would be one of the top players available. Jaguars coach Doug Marrone recently said the 24-year-old wideout is on track to participate in Organized Team Activities this spring.
While Robinson looks like he's progressing well in his recovery from September surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, it remains to be seen which team he'll report to in the spring when OTAs begin. Some added clarity on that front should come Tuesday, which marks the deadline for teams to designate players with the franchise tag. Even if Jacksonville declines to use its tag on Robinson, it's still expected that the team will extend a competitive multi-year contract offer to the 24-year-old in free agency, which opens March 14.
Robinson posted a video Wednesday on his personal Twitter account that showed him jogging at about half speed on the field.
As of early January, Robinson had been limited to running on an anti-gravity treadmill, so his activity Wednesday amounts to a step forward, if only an incremental one. The wideout previously stated that he's experienced no setbacks from a torn ACL suffered in Week 1 of last season and thinks he'll be able to pass a physical by mid-March, when free agency will open. Assuming the Jaguars concur with Robinson's assessment of his health, expect the team to do its best to retain the 24-year-old, either by slapping its franchise tag on him or signing him to a lucrative contract extension.
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