The Jacksonville Jaguars have informed wide receiver Allen Robinson that he will not receive the franchise tag, which is due at 3 p.m. today.
That will make the four-year veteran the consensus top pass catcher available when the “legal tampering” period of free agency begins Monday, even though Robinson suffered a torn ACL in the 2017 season opener and missed the remainder of the season.
The tag would have paid Robinson $15.98 million in 2018, the average of the top five wide receiver contracts. Free agency officially begins at 3 p.m. March 14.
The Bears, desperate to add an established wide receiver, and devoid of No. 1 wideout, are among several teams expected to show interest in the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Robinson. The 2014 second-round pick (61st overall), had a breakout season in 2015, catching 80 passes for 1,400 yards (17.5-yard average) and 14 touchdowns. After that Pro Bowl season, Robinson caught 73 passes for 883 yards in 2016.
• Bob LeGere is a senior writer at Pro Football Weekly. Follow Bob’s Bears reports on Twitter @BobLeGere or @PFWeekly.