Ravens should steer clear of Allen Robinson in free agency

The Baltimore Ravens want to rebuild plenty of position groups in 2022, but wide receiver isn’t a dire concern. No need to sign this Chicago Bears wideout.

Bears’ Allen Robinson has struggled under the arm of rookie Justin Fields this year, and when he enters free agency this offseason, Robinson could be looking for a more compatible team.

Just because the Ravens have had trouble filling their wide receiver room in the past doesn’t mean they need one now, though.

Alex Kay of Bleacher Report revealed one free agent every NFL team should avoid this offseason; for the Ravens, that player is Allen Robinson.

Kay writes:

“The Baltimore Ravens haven’t been that successful in their search for quality wideouts over the last few years. They would be wise to avoid shelling out big money for a player coming off his worst season as a pro…Allen Robinson played the 2020 campaign on a pricey franchise tag in Chicago but produced like a replacement-tier wideout.”

Robinson has spent eight years in the league, dividing his tenure between two of the league’s arguably most underwhelming franchises: the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Chicago Bears.

In his fourth year in Chicago, Robinson is coming off his career-worst season in which he caught 38 passes for 410 yards and recorded just one touchdown.

The 28-year-old had posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2019 and 2020, so this year understandably marked a huge disappointment.

The Ravens shouldn’t even be considering Bears’ WR Allen Robinson

If Robinson wants to get his career back on track, Baltimore isn’t the place to be.

For one, the Ravens already have a decently stacked receiver unit with Rashod Bateman and Marquise Brown, though veteran Sammy Watkins is set to hit free agency in 2022.

Still, the Ravens have younger options in Devin Duvernay and James Proche. Even if the team could technically use one or two experienced wideouts, they don’t need one. Their offensive line and defensive line have much more pressing gaps to address.

Robinson shouldn’t want to sign for a run-heavy team like Baltimore, anyway. The Ravens entered the 2021 season with their top two running backs suffering season-ending injuries, yet they continued to rely heavily on the run game.

The team passed on just over 56 percent of its snaps, and with Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins hopefully returning in 2022, Ravens’ receivers may get even fewer looks.

Come next season, many things will change but a few won’t: Mark Andrews will still be Lamar Jackson’s favorite target, and the Ravens will still run the ball. A lot.

Allen Robinson is better off taking his talents elsewhere.