Chicago Bears Make Big Free Agency Moves

by Ryan Robertson
by Ryan Robertson

Today the Bears made agreements to sign wide receivers Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel, tight end Trey Burton, and kicker Cody Parkey via free agency. If nothing else, it is clear that the front office is making an effort to build a legitimate offense around quarterback Mitch Trubisky and the new, offensive-minded head coach Matt Nagy.

Allen Robinson first proved his worth in Jacksonville, reeling in 80 receptions for 1400 yards and 14 touchdowns with the Jaguars in 2015. This three-year, $42 Million deal essentially locks up the WR1 spot for the Bears, placing Robinson in a prime position to become Trubisky's top target. However one area of concern is injury. Robinson played in only one game during the 2017 season before being sidelined for the remainder with a torn ACL. As long as he can stay healthy, he has the make-up of a top-tier receiver.

Although only 5-foot-8, Taylor Gabriel possesses elite speed and deep-threat ability. With Chicago running back Tarik Cohen having already proven to us that size doesn't matter in this offense, Gabriel could fit in well as another target for Trubisky. Gabriel has agreed to terms on a four-year deal with Chicago.

Trey Burton, who played the last four seasons in Philadelphia, will sign a four-year, $32 Million deal with the Bears. Even in the shadow of star Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, Burton was able to find the end zone five times during the 2017 season. Also, upon signing he will become the Bear's current leader in Super Bowl touchdown passes, after having thrown one to Nick Foles in Super Bowl 52. He will look to fill the role of Zach Miller, who is sidelined with a knee injury, in the Chicago offense.

Cody Parkey is coming off a season in which he converted 21 of 23 field goals for the Miami Dolphins. Additionally, Parkey played under new Chicago special teams coordinator Chris Tabor in Cleveland two seasons ago. Hopefully this familiarity will bode well for Parkey, and he will provide more productivity than Connor Barth, who completed only 11 of 16 field goals for the Bears last season.

This is the most action we've seen from any team so far this off-season, and these signings undoubtedly make the Bears better. The improved receiving corps will be a group to keep an eye on as we get closer to the season.

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