The Detroit Lions have many holes to fill during the upcoming draft, including free agency. Wide receiver is one of them. And one NFL.com writer expects the Lions to target Detroit-native, Allen Robinson, to fill it.
Around The NFL writer, Nick Shook, published an article Thursday matching key free agents with each NFL team. Regarding the Lions, he paired the eight-year veteran Robinson with his hometown team.
“[Allen] Robinson remained in Chicago via the franchise tag last season and struggled mightily in an offense with plenty of issues that were unrelated to him,” read an excerpt from Shook’s article.
“New Bears leadership will attempt to repair what would seem to be a very burned bridge with Robinson, but I’d expect him to leave for more money elsewhere. Detroit has a need for an impact playmaker opposite Amon-Ra St. Brown and money to spend. The Lions should shower Robinson with cash.”
Shook is spot on in his analysis.
The Detroit Lions do need an impact playmaker. And a homecoming for Robinson would be a W for the Lions. The big question is, how much should the Lions spend to land him. Furthermore, is there any interest on Robinson’s end to sign with Detroit?
Robinson will be 29-years-old at next season’s start. The former Pro Bowler and receiving touchdowns leader (2015) still has a few productive seasons ahead of him.
Last season, Robinson posted career-lows across the board. In 12 games, Robinson caught 38 passes for 410 yards, and one touchdown. It’s safe to surmise these numbers would’ve been hired if he played the entire season, and if the Chicago Bears had decent quarterback play. He averaged 100 receptions for over 1190+ yards and 6.5 touchdowns the previous two seasons.
Pairing Allen Robinson with Amon-Ra St. Brown could provide Jared Goff with a viable 1-2 punch at the wideout position that the Lions need. On paper, Goff would also be the best quarterback Robinson ever played with in his career.
It’s also something that Lions wide receivers coach Antwaan Randle El desires as well.
“I’m trying to draft two and bring in one,” Randle El told reporters in February at the Senior Bowl. He further detailed the type of receiver he’s hoping they acquire.
“[When] we throwing to him, we don’t care who is covering what, we know he can go up and get that,” Randle El said. “My guys know we haven’t had that guy yet. So it’s nothing new to them. It’s not a slap to them or a jab at them in any way.”
Allen Robinson fits that mold perfectly.
Whether the Detroit Lions keep or move on from Jared Goff after next season, they’ll need quality options at wideout. Locking in Robinson to a sensible deal should be in the discussion. In less than two weeks, the Lions will be able to legally pique Robinson’s interest.
NFL teams can begin negotiating with prospective unrestricted free agents on March 14th at 2pm ET and ending on March 16th at 3:59pm ET. NFL free agency begins March 16th at 4pm ET.
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