With free agency just a few weeks away, the KC Chiefs should pursue Allen Robinson.
This is going to be one of the most interesting NFL offseasons that teams and fans alike have ever seen. Because of COVID-19, the salary cap is set to decrease, leaving teams scrambling to build their rosters on an even more difficult budget. This becomes even more concerning for teams like the Kansas City Chiefs, who are significantly over the projected salary cap.
Thankfully, Brett Veach is the kind of GM who knows how to prudently and aggressively build a championship-caliber roster.
Most fans clearly recognize the need on the Chiefs’ roster to improve the offensive line. That’s obviously priority number one, but that doesn’t mean that Veach will sleep on continuing to put weapons around the league’s best quarterback.
While the Chiefs return a fairly talented receiving corps, they’ll also have a few guys that could be wearing a different uniform in 2021. Guys like Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson will likely draw some interest from around the league, even with the limitations of the current salary cap.
Even though the Chiefs have expressed an interest in having Sammy Watkins return, it may not make much sense for the game-day roster. Many times a player’s best ability is their availability. Watkins has a great ability to change a game but unfortunately, is too often limited in his availability. Instead of trying to re-sign Watkins, it’d be wise for the Chiefs to look for a talented player like him, but one that has a better chance of staying healthy.
That’s where a player like the Chicago Bears’ Allen Robinson comes in. Robinson first entered the league as a late second-round draft pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2014. After co-leading the league in touchdowns in 2015, he was selected to the Pro Bowl for his performance that season. He signed with the Bears in 2018 and after 17 touchdowns over the last three seasons, he’s set to hit free agency again.
The Kansas City Chiefs would be the best landing spot for Allen Robinson.
Fortunately for Robinson, he hits free agency in the prime of his career. Turning 28 years old just before the season starts, he’ll be an experienced veteran while not yet having his best years behind him.
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Robinson likely won’t come cheap, but at this point in his career, it sounds like he is putting a higher priority on winning it all. That could be a good sign for Kansas City, as it has become a preferred destination for anyone wanting a legitimate shot to win a Super Bowl.
It’s also a good sign that Robinson sees something special in Patrick Mahomes. After playing with some shaky quarterback play in both Jacksonville and Chicago, he’d likely jump at the chance to play with a quarterback of Mahomes’ caliber. Fortunately, Robinson is the type of player that could elevate Mahomes’ game as well. Robinson’s ability combined with his availability would be a great asset in a Chiefs uniform.
There’s no question that Watkins has helped to make the Chiefs’ offense very effective when he’s healthy. His size and ability gave the team another dimension beyond the smaller, speedy receivers that the Chiefs utilize.
At 6’2″ and 220 pounds, Robinson would add a similar size and talent in place of Watkins. After eclipsing 1,000 receiving yards each of the last two seasons, it’s intriguing to imagine what could be possible in Kansas City in this offense.
This really seems like a match made in heaven but unfortunately, the constraints of the salary cap will be the biggest challenge to overcome. If Veach is able to restructure some contracts and potentially trade or cut a few players, anything is possible.
There’s also the possibility that the current circumstances alter the market enough that players will be forced to sign for less money. If it’s at all possible, it’d be great to see Allen Robinson in a Chiefs’ uniform in 2021.