Nothing is official until the league year starts Wednesday and there have been cases of players backing out of deals (see: Frank Gore) but it seems the Colts will be missing out on Robinson, who was the top pass catcher on the market. The Penn State product had accumulated 2,831 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns on 201 catches in the first three seasons in the NFL.
Speaking on SiriusXM's Mad Dog Sports Radio on Monday, Robinson singled out the Chicago Bears as a potential fit.
Returning after a torn ACL injury, sustained in week one of the 2017 season, the 24-year-old's most explosive season to date was 2015, when he caught 80 passes for 1,400 yards and scored 14 touchdowns. I mentioned this on the free agent primer podcast we did last week, saying that he wouldn't have competition for targets with the Bears, whereas if he went to the 49ers, he'd be competing for targets with Pierre Garcon, Marquise Goodwin, and even Trent Taylor at times.More news: Protests erupt over new Frida Kahlo Barbie
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The Bears have tendered restricted free agent WR Cameron Meredith at the original-round level. They reportedly were targeting Sammy Watkins, too, but the former No. 4 overall pick is heading to Matt Nagy's former team, the Chiefs, according to ESPN and NFL Network, with a contract that is worth more per year than Robinson's.
This signing will be tied directly to the evaluation of Pace in his fourth season with his second head coach and a 14-34 record. White and Wheaton were busts, Eddie Royal didn't pan out and neither did Cruz.
Adding receivers for Trubisky was a top priority for Pace.
Bottom line, you don't bring in a player like Robinson to be a decoy.