Before noon on Tuesday, the Bears’ official Twitter account posted a GIF of quarterback Mitch Trubisky smiling into the camera with two words attached: “Happy #TRUSDAY.”
It was indeed. The Bears surrounded their second-year quarterback with three premier receiving options, sources said, after agreeing to terms with receiver Allen Robinson, tight end Trey Burton and speedster Taylor Gabriel.
When the three sign after free agency officially begins Wednesday, they’ll represent the culmination of general manager Ryan Pace’s No. 1 offseason goal — to give his new coach, and franchise quarterback, weapons with which to work.
Much like former Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy was hired to hasten Trubisky’s growth, the three pass-catchers will represent dynamic options the quarterback sorely lacked in 12 starts as a rookie.
It comes at a cost. Robinson, the former Jaguars receiver, will receive a reported three-year, $42 million deal. Burton, the Eagles tight end who threw a trick-play touchdown in their Super Bowl victory, will get a four-year deal worth $32 million. Gabriel, a former Falcon who starred on their 2016 NFC title team, will receive a four-year contract.
The bet is that all three still have room to grow. Only 16 months younger than Alabama wide receiver prospect Calvin Ridley, the 24-year-old Robinson tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Week 1, costing him the 2017 season.
The Bears envision a return to his dominant 2015 season, when Robinson posted career highs with 80 catches, 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns. The former second-round draft pick caught 73 passes for 883 yards and six scores the next year.
Burton, 26, caught 23 passes for 248 yards and five touchdowns last year, and is best remembered for throwing a Super Bowl touchdown pass to quarterback Nick Foles on a play the Eagles borrowed from the Bears. Originally an undrafted free …read more
Source:: Chicago Sun-Times – Sports