The Bears on Tuesday placed a franchise tag on receiver Allen Robinson II.
Players who receive a franchise tag are assured of a one-year contract for a salary that’s determined by a complex formula that includes the average of the five highest-paid players at the same position over the previous five seasons or 120 percent of their previous year’s salary, whichever is higher.
Players who receive a franchise tag may negotiate a long-term contract with their teams through July 15. If no new deal is reached by that deadline, they cannot sign a multi-year extension until after the season.
Players who receive a franchise tag have until the Tuesday following the 10th week of the regular season to sign their one-year tender.
NFL teams are permitted to use only one franchise or transition tag per year on a player who is due to become an unrestricted free agent at the beginning of the new league year. The Bears had until 3 p.m. (CT) Tuesday to tag Robinson.
After spending his first four NFL seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Robinson signed a three-year contract with the Bears in 2018. He has appeared in 45 games over three seasons in Chicago, catching 255 passes for 3,151 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Robinson had 55 receptions for 754 yards and four touchdowns in 2018 and followed with 98 catches for 1,147 yards and seven TDs in 2019. Last season he hauled in a career-high 102 passes for 1,250 yards and six touchdowns.
The 102 receptions were the sixth most in the NFL last year and tied for the second most in Bears history. Robinson was one of only five players in the league with at least 102 catches, 1,250 yards and six TDs, joining the Bills’ Stefon Diggs, the Cardinals’ DeAndre Hopkins, the Packers’ Davante Adams and the Chiefs’ Travis Kelce.