Bears expected to sign WR Allen Robinson when free agency opens

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There was no ideal solution to the Bears' problems at wide receiver in free agency, but Robinson had the best pedigree of the group.

Robinson, who missed nearly the entire season in 2017 due to a torn ACL he suffered in Week 1, reportedly intends to sign with the Chicago Bears when the new league year begins on Wednesday, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Chicago Bears are hoping for a turnaround in their fortunes with Robinson, who now steps in as their immediate number one choice.

With former Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy replacing John Fox as head coach and the signing of Robinson, the Bears will hope for a significant upturn in production from an offense that finished 30th in the National Football League last season. There also are concerns about his drop in production in 2016 (73 catches, 883 yards, six touchdowns) after his breakout campaign in 2015 (80 catches, 1,400 yards, 14 TDs).

Through his first three offseasons Pace's free-agent track record isn't good. Meredith is a restricted free agent.

Robinson also expressed interest in moving to Chicago. He had career bests of 24 receptions, 376 yards and a 15.7-yard average per catch last season.

Robinson will walk into an immediate No. 1 role with the Bears, who are now project to start Robinson and Kevin White on the perimeter, with Cameron Meredith in the slot.

Robinson is recovering from a torn ACL, suffered in the Jaguars' first game of the 2017 season, but said he "most definitely" will be ready to go for offseason activities.

Trubisky lacked a big, reliable target - or any target really - in his rookie season. But the expectations will be high considering his contract and potential.

Adding receivers for Trubisky was a top priority for Pace.

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