Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson might be on his way out of town. According to multiple reports, the star wideout wants a new contract and reportedly requested a trade if the Bears won’t pay him market value. Robinson is one of the best receivers in the league and should have no shortage of suitors. However, some teams make more sense than others.
Best Allen Robinson Trade Partners
New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints are in win-now mode. Drew Brees is not getting any younger, and just about all of their moves over the past two or three seasons were made with Brees’ short-term window in mind. This is still one of the most talented teams in the league, but the offense will struggle without Michael Thomas.
Thomas suffered a high-ankle sprain injury in Week 1 and won’t be on the field for the next few weeks. Without Thomas, Brees will have to turn to Emmanuel Sanders and Jared Cook to lead the passing attack. Sanders and Cook aren’t bad players by any means, but Robinson would make this an above-average supporting cast without Thomas and arguably the best in the league when he returns. This very well could be the last year of the Drew Brees Era, and acquiring Robinson would be the best way to ensure the season ends with a championship.
San Francisco 49ers
Kyle Shanahan is one of the best offensive minds in football, and pairing him with Robinson would make life a living nightmare for opposing defenses. San Francisco lost Emmanuel Sanders in the offseason and saw their wide receiver corps decimated by injury. Deebo Samuel is on the short-term injured reserve, Brandon Aiyuk is battling a hamstring injury, and superstar tight end George Kittle is dealing with a knee injury. Robinson could come in and serve as a reliable presence on the outside for a team looking to avenge their Super Bowl loss.
New England Patriots
The New England Patriots might have the worst cast of wide receivers in the NFL. Cam Newton looks healthy, but he won’t be able to carry a passing attack entirely on his own. Julian Edelman is a fine complementary receiver at this point in his career, but adding Robinson would give the Patriots an above-average starting duo. That receiving core combined with a strong offensive line and secondary should have the Patriots ready to compete for a title again, although they’d still be looking up at Baltimore and Kansas City.
Green Bay Packers
It’s hard to imagine any world where the Chicago Bears trade a stud wide receiver like Robinson to a division rival. That said, the Packers would be the perfect fit for Robinson. Aaron Rodgers played like his old self in Week 1, destroying Minnesota’s secondary with Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Allen Lazard. Adams is one of the best receivers in the league, but Valdes-Scantling and Lazard can certainly be improved upon. Adding Robinson to the mix would give Rodgers arguably the best receiver duo in the league and should elevate the Packers to the top of the NFC. Rodgers is getting up there in age, and adding Robinson would be the best way to ensure another championship.
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